Doncaster Rovers: Owners ‘in it for the long term’ - Baldwin

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Doncaster Rovers’ owners are in it for the long haul, according to Gavin Baldwin.

Majority shareholders Terry Bramall and Dick Watson agreed to sell their respective stakes in the club earlier this summer, prior to John Ryan’s proposed takeover collapsing.

But Baldwin says the pair - along with newly-appointed chairman David Blunt - are wholly committed to remaining at Rovers for the long term.

Rovers’ chief executive wrote in his Oldham programme notes: “This is the first opportunity I have had to speak to fans after the announcement of David Blunt as chairman and Dick Watson as president.

“Both of these announcements are a clear signal from the board that they wish to be here for the long term.

“I can assure all fans that neither person would have accepted the role if it was thought at any stage that the club would be sold in the near future.”

Bramall and Watson each own 24 per cent stakes in Doncaster, as does Ryan - whose current role and future at Rovers is less clear.

Rovers’ former chairman said he was “finished with football” after his takeover bid with One Direction star Louis Tomlinson was blocked by the Football League.

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