Doncaster Rovers: Baldwin sings Dickov’s praises

Chris Brown and Theo Robinson celebrate at Wigan.
Chris Brown and Theo Robinson celebrate at Wigan.
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Chief executive Gavin Baldwin has lavished praise on Paul Dickov following Rovers’ eye-catching start to life back in the Championship.

And, as boardroom politics continue to play out in the background, he has also moved to reassure fans that any potential new investors must have the long term interests of the club at heart.

Baldwin’s comments follow John Ryan’s emotive assertion that Sequentia Capital’s takeover proposal is “a once in a lifetime opportunity” for Doncaster Rovers.

“That the new investors care about the long term future of Doncaster Rovers and its fans [is of paramount importance],” said Baldwin.

“Any investment must be in line with keeping Rovers sustainable for the future fans of Rovers.”

Rovers might need to get “their ducks in a row” off the field, according to Ryan.

But, on it, they have announced their return to the Championship in fine style, only denied a sensational win at FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night by Leon Barnett’s last minute equaliser.

The creditable 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium followed last Friday’s stylish 2-0 win at home to Blackburn.

“I would really like to stress what a great job Paul is doing,” said Baldwin.

“He has already got the respect of all staff and the owners. His skills, commitment, ability and attitude are infectious.”

Baldwin refused to be drawn on any developments behind the scenes regarding Sequentia’s proposal.

But he did insist that Dickov still has funds available to strengthen his squad before the January 31 deadline.

“Paul knows the budget he has to work with before the deadline and has been working towards this.

“He has funds still available from the budget given to him at the start of the season.

“The recruitment of Theo Robinson shows that we are attracting good quality players here under the present budget.”