DONCASTER ROVERS: Building a ‘dynasty’

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JOHN Ryan wants new managerial duo Brian Flynn and Rob Jones to build their own ‘dynasty’ at Doncaster Rovers.

Writing exclusively for the Free Press in his column this week, chairman Ryan said he wants the newly appointed pair to remain at the Keepmoat for years to come.

Flynn has been handed a contract until the end of the season as manager with Jones forming part of the coaching staff alongside his playing role.

But Ryan has hinted the Rovers hierarchy are already keen to keep the Welshman in charge beyond May.

And he suggests Jones will have a long future with the club beyond his playing days, if he so desires.

Ryan said: “We hope to build on a dynasty around Brian and Rob, staying with us many years.

“That will stretch even beyond Rob’s playing days – although in the form he is in right now we want that to continue for sometime to come.”

Ryan says there was no contest when it came to deciding upon Rovers’ next manager.

The board forewent the interview process after drawing up a shortlist and immediately offered the position to Flynn.

The chairman said: “He has club and international experience, a welter of contacts, is an approachable guy and you just cannot buy the all-round experience he has.

“Brian has a real phlegmatic approach to players and his great enthusiasm rubs off on everyone he comes into contact with.

“After we had a good chat with him, it was no contest.

“He is the type of manager-coach to work well with player-coach Jones and ensure we keep our noses out in front at the top of the League One table.”

Flynn himself intends on sticking around at the club beyond the end of the season but is keeping tight-lipped on his plans for the club.

He said: “I have a big plan for next season.

“When you’re older and bit wiser you can do that.

“The plan is big for next year, and it’s all in place.

“I’m looking at this as a long term project.”

Flynn has also been tight-lipped on potential transfer targets.

Rovers have been linked with a move for former Swansea striker Jason Scotland, although a myriad of clubs are also tipped to move for the out of contract 33-year-old.

Rovers’ training regime has been disrupted this week by the weather but with Saturday’s scheduled clash with MK Dons postponed due to the FA Cup, there is little need to panic.