Doncaster Rovers: Board set to mull over relegation at monthly meeting

Darren Ferguson
Darren Ferguson

Doncaster Rovers’ board will meet today to mull over the club’s impending relegation to League Two, The Star understands.

The club’s hierarchy routinely hold a monthly meeting and there is nothing to suggest that today’s get together is anything other than a matter of course.

However, a disastrous season on the pitch and the future of boss Darren Ferguson are almost certain to come under discussion.

Doncaster were granted a stay of execution yesterday, at least until Sunday, by virtue of fifth bottom Fleetwood Town’s 3-1 defeat at Walsall.

Rovers are three points adrift of safety with just Burton Albion left to play at the Keepmoat Stadium, a game that will be screened live on Sky.

But Fleetwood’s far superior goal difference, an advantage of ten goals, has left Rovers thinking what might have been - and effectively in a position where they can start planning for life in League Two.

Ferguson has already stated that the club’s third relegation in five seasons will result in wage cuts for players and management.

Rovers’ boss has also given a very clear indication that this summer will see a clear-out of players, despite goalkeeper Marko Marosi being the only senior player whose contract is set to expire in June. The practicalities of such a clear-out may be discussed today.

While the future of Ferguson, who is on a one-year rolling contract, may also become clearer after today’s talks.

The Scot has maintained in recent weeks that he has had “positive discussions” with the board and said following Saturday’s defeat at Crewe that he remained confident he will still be in charge of Rovers next season.

Chairman David Blunt said when Ferguson was appointed in October, with Rovers sat in the drop zone, that the club still hoped to achieve a top six finish.

“Our immediate ambition is to reach the play-offs this year - so no pressure on Darren there,” Blunt said at Ferguson’s unveiling.

“But we do recognise we’re on the beginning of the journey, not the destination.”