Doncaster Rovers: Dickov urges players to listen to new coach Shaun Goater

Shaun Goater
Shaun Goater

Paul Dickov is hoping the kick of ‘The Goat’ will help get his forwards firing this season.

Dickov has drafted in his former Manchester City strike partner Shaun Goater as a part-time forwards coach at Rovers.

And he has instructed his attackers to open their ears as much as they open their eyes to what the man known as ‘The Goat’ does.

“What I’ve said to all the attacking players is don’t just watch what he does on the training ground because if you look at his career from where he started to where he finished, it’s inspirational,” Dickov told the Star.

“The sort of things he had to go through like the culture shock of going from Bermuda to Manchester United and then to Rotherham.

“People look at The Goat and say he’s probably one of the biggest legends in City’s history and rightly so.

“But it wasn’t always that way.

“He’s someone that’s had to work, fight and scrap his way to where he got to.

“Our lads can take a lot just by sitting down and having a chat with him.”

Goater has returned from his native Bermuda in order to attempt to forge a career in coaching.

He will work with Rovers on a voluntary basis once a week and Dickov believes adding a new voice to the camp will provide a welcome boost.

Dickov said: “I’m a big believer that rather than it being me battering on at them all the time about hitting the target and all the technical stuff, sometimes it’s refreshing to have someone different.

“There’s no one better than The Goat for that, someone who has score more than 200 goals in his career.

“If you sit down and listen to The Goat about things that have happened throughout his career, you can’t help but take notice.

“He had a lot of problems when he first went to Manchester City. The crowd was on his back regardless of whether he scored or not.

“He had to dig deep and fight his way through that.

“I think someone of his status for the players we’ve got and the ages we’ve got, they can only learn from him.

“He’s there for them if they need him.”