Doncaster Rovers: Dickov happy to operate without assistant

Paul Dickov and former assistant boss Brian Horton
Paul Dickov and former assistant boss Brian Horton

Paul Dickov says he is happy to operate without an assistant manager at Doncaster Rovers.

Brian Horton departed his role as Dickov’s assistant last month and there has been no move to replace him nor any additions to the coaching staff.

The Rovers boss says he is no rush to change the current make up of his backroom staff.

“I’m happy with the staffing structure we’ve got at the minute,” Dickov told the Star.

“We’ve added people if anything with the nutritionist and the sports psychologist coming in.

“Rob Jones is having an even more hands-on role with the development squad and doing little bits with the first team as well.”

Horton was appointed football coordinator at Southend United earlier this month.

Dickov has praised the impact made by Gerry Taggart who was appointed chief scout in May.

He said: “Gerry has come in as chief scout and head of recruitment which is something we’ve not had.

“It’s another big positive looking forward on and off the pitch.

“He’s been great. He’s someone I know very well.

“He’s got a fantastic eye for a player. He’s got great contacts in the game.

“The match reports he does for us are fantastic as well. He’s been a big assett for me.”

Meanwhile, Dickov has confirmed Jack McKay is close to a return to action after suffering an injury during pre-season.

The striker sat out much of the friendly programme after suffering a thigh injury during the training camp in Portugal but is poised to make his return.

Dickov said: “He had an injection in it a couple of weeks ago so he shouldn’t be too far away.”