Doncaster Rovers: Dickov set to introduce clear ‘philosophy’

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov has touched upon his plans to implement a clear “philosophy” at Doncaster Rovers.

The Scot was unwilling to give too much away yesterday.

But he did say he plans to settle on ‘one or two’ systems that would then effectively form a template for Rovers at every age group.

Chief executive Gavin Baldwin backed Dickov in his programme notes last weekend and stated that the board were fully behind Dickov’s “vision for the playing staff”.

James Coppinger also revealed last week that ‘finding a system and sticking to it’ was mentioned during a lengthy chat with Dickov about plans for next season.

Rovers have employed several different formations this season; 4-4-2, 4-1-4-1, 4-2-3-1 and a midfield diamond being the most prominent.

The ability to adapt and be flexible still appeals to Dickov, but he also acknowledges that the club requires some sort of uniform playing style.

“I don’t want to elaborate on it too much but I did have a long conversation with Copps,” he said.

“As the manager I have to put in place a system or maybe two that we’re going to stick to.

“I’ll change it if I have to sometimes from game to game.

“But I think in terms of setting out a basis and a philosophy for the club - right the way through the club as well - we have to have certain systems in place to go ahead and do that.”

Asked whether he will recruit this summer with a particular formation in mind, Dickov said: “It’s a bit of both.

“You look at the personnel you’ve got, and what system they are going to fit into.

“But the players that are brought in will have to fit in with the players we’ve already got here as well.”