Doncaster Rovers: Flynn happy in director of football role

Brian Flynn.
Brian Flynn.

The last time Brian Flynn was spotted at the Keepmoat Stadium he was soaked in champagne and proudly clutching onto the League One trophy.

In the Welshman’s words, “football is a constant revolving door”.

Flynn has been thrust into the shadows somewhat since the arrival of Paul Dickov but he was back in the Keepmoat dugout last week to lead Rovers’ development squad on their return to competitive action in the Central League.

‘Director of football’ is a broad title, so I was keen to ask Brian about the brief he has been given.

“Recruitment,” he said outright.

“That’s key to it.

“As a club we want strength in depth and we want to develop young players to go on and play in the first team. I regard young players as under 21, not just 16 and 17-year-olds.

“It’s not just me on my own though,” he added.

“Everybody has a key part to play.

“I can identify the players and I already have. I have a bank of players that we’ll monitor.”

Flynn’s role is not all about recruitment though.

At present he is the figurehead for Rovers’ reserve team, although this could be just a temporary arrangement.

But the bulk of his time is spent watching games, scouting not just for potential talent but also reporting back on up and coming opponents in the Championship.

“Day to day I’m all over the country,” said Flynn.

“My working week last week was that I went to London on Thursday and spent the next three days watching games.

“I went to watch Spurs under 21s play Chelsea under 21s on Friday night, went to Watford against Bournemouth on the Saturday and then to Wembley on Sunday to watch Wigan.

“So I’ve been away for a big chunk of the week on various duties.

“Firstly recruitment, and then watching Bournemouth and Wigan who we play this month.

“It’s working well,” he added, on his new role

“Obviously the key to everything is the first team getting results.

“Everyone’s support is for Paul to get results, however small that might be.”

Flynn’s return to the dugout, meanwhile, was an unhappy one as Rovers’ reserves slipped to a 2-1 defeat to a physically stronger Mansfield outfit - a performance which drew few positives from the usually ultra-positive 57-year-old.

“It’s difficult when the side contains so many trialists,” said Flynn afterwards.

“Alex Peterson and Sanchez Payne did well when they came on. They are about the only positives we can take from it.”