Doncaster Rovers: Dickov satisfied with January business

Doncaster Rovers' boss Paul Dickov.
Doncaster Rovers' boss Paul Dickov.

Paul Dickov is very unlikely to do any last minute business in the January window after declaring himself satisfied with a busy month of ins and outs

“I’m over the moon with the business we’ve conducted,” said Dickov.

“Leading up to the new year period I don’t think it’s any secret we needed to strengthen in certain areas, and with the backing of the board I’ve been able to do that.

“Gabby Tamas and Abdou Meite bring experience, physicality and calmness to the back four.

“Richie Wellens was a massive signing for us too. He’s our talisman and he has a massive influence on his teammates.

“And the one we all wanted was bringing Billy Sharp back.

“As a staff we now feel really positive about the squad and I’m excited about the remainder of the season.

The books have been balanced with the sale of David Syers, release of James Harper and Martin Woods and loan exits for Billy Paynter and Kyle Bennett, while loan deals for Federico Macheda, Yun Suk-Young and Reece Wabara were also halted. “When I first came in the one thing I wanted to do was give all the players who got us promoted a chance,” he added. I think they deserved that chance.

“Over a period of time we’ve assessed everything and it was important, numbers wise, confidence wise and morale wise, that we did get players in.

“But it was as important to get players out as well, because players that aren’t in the team aren’t always happy. You want them to go and play football.

“Sometimes I’m my own worst enemy at times because I have a fantastic relationship with all the players. But I’m the manager and I have to make decisions on players coming in and out.”