Doncaster Rovers: Dickov wants style and guile

Paul Dickov insists Rovers will play attractive football next season but will also have versatility.
Paul Dickov insists Rovers will play attractive football next season but will also have versatility.

Paul Dickov says his Rovers team will play attractive football – but will come with the element of surprise.

The former Scotland international expresses a disdain for the long ball game and insists his team will go out to play a passing game.

However, he wants Rovers to keep something else in their locker which will catch the opposition off guard.

“We want to be versatile and be able to change systems within games,” Dickov said. “You’re going to get found out if you play the same style of football, a 4-4-2 passing style, all the time.

“It’s the element of surprise that catches teams out.

“I think it’s important as a team that you don’t pigeonhole yourselves into one style.

“But I’m a big believer that to go out and win games you have to have a philosophy and carry that through into how you play football.

“We want to play good attacking football, I’m not a believer in the long ball game.

“It’s horrible to watch as fans and it’s not enjoyable to be involved in for players.

“Sometimes though you have to be able to mix it up in games.”

Players will begin to return for pre-season training next week, much earlier than the July 1 date the current squad were initially given.

And he is keen to pledge a philosophy of hard work alongside his versatile and stylish football mantra.

He said: “I’m excited to have six to eight weeks to work with the players before the season starts.

“What you will get from my players is a group who will you out and work hard.

“Fans can forgive not winning if you give them that.”