Doncaster Rovers: Ferguson can bring the fun back - Baldwin

New Rovers boss Darren Ferguson (centre) with CEO Gavin Baldwin (left) and chairman David Blunt
New Rovers boss Darren Ferguson (centre) with CEO Gavin Baldwin (left) and chairman David Blunt

Doncaster Rovers chief executive Gavin Baldwin is banking on new manager Darren Ferguson bringing the fun back to the Keepmoat.

Ferguson was appointed on a one-year rolling contract yesterday, 38 days after Paul Dickov was sacked as Rovers manager.

And Baldwin expects the 43-year-old to excite supporters in the same manner he did the board during the interview process.

“We did the interviews this week and we were just blown away,” Baldwin told the Star. “It was hairs going up on the back of your neck stuff as he was talking.

“I’ve not experienced that sort of feeling in an interview before.

“If he can excite the fans like he did us, Saturdays here are going to start being fun again.

“This place is going to be some place to come to.

“And that’s what we’re looking forward to.”

Baldwin spent much of the last few days in Ferguson’s company as the two thrashed out terms.

He says the enthusiasm of the former Peterborough United boss shone through.

Baldwin said: “It’s his passion and energy. It’s just everything we wanted.

“We wanted his personality to reflect on the team.

“He’s jokes about 5-4 scorelines but we want an attacking team people look forward to coming down here to see.

“That play with energy, passion – that’s everything he is about.”

Baldwin revealed the club used a recruitment ‘matrix’ as they did when employing Paul Dickov two years ago.

But he insists additional criteria were added to ensure the club found the right man.

“The biggest weighting in there was getting to the Championship because everything else flows from there,” Baldwin said. “If we do well in the Championship, crowds will flow, beer sales will flow, our influence in the community will increase.

“The prime criteria was the Championship - that can’t be denied.

“It was also working with the community, in schools, bringing players through the youth system.

“The fact Darren in his interview spoke so enthusiastically about wanting the relationship with fans, wanting the relationship with people who don’t come to watch Rovers in Doncaster, it was the icing on the cake and it made the decision easy.”