Doncaster Rovers: Dickov wants a quiet summer

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

After two turbulent summers, Paul Dickov is determined to ensure the upcoming pre-season runs smoothly at Rovers.

Dickov has been forced to carry out his preparations through the uncertainty of two takeover bids in the last two summers.

And with both attempts ultimately failing, the Rovers boss was left to complete transfer business at the 11th hour, as well as attempting to gel together a squad with limited time.

Dickov admits he is very much looking forward to a ‘normal’ closed season and intends to get the vast majority of his business done nice and early.

“It will be nice going into the summer who the owners are, what I’ve got to play with in terms of resources, targeting players we want to bring in and knowing we’ve got a realistic chance of bringing them in before the start of pre-season,” Dickov told the Star.

There may still be four games of the campaign remaining but with the top six now out of reach, attention will soon turn to next season.

Dickov is desperate to have as much of his squad built by the time the players return for pre-season training.

And top of his agenda is sorting the contract situation of those players he wants to keep whose deals are set to expire in the summer.

He said: “We want to let players know as quick as we can. I need to know myself going forward for pre-season the exact squad I want to go with next year.

“Having that squad together for six or seven weeks of pre-season, going into the new season.

“If new players are coming in they need to bed in quickly. They need to mix with the players we’ve got, not a week before the season starts.

“We don’t want to be going in with players’ futures up in the air.”

The Rovers boss revealed he has already met with the board to discuss next season’s budget and that he has targeted areas of his squad that need improvement for a renewed promotion push next term.

He said: “There’s conversations going on behind the scenes at the minute.

“We know who we want to keep. We also know where we need to strengthen and how we need to do it going forward. We’re looking all the time.

“I have meetings and we’re trying to get a process going forward of how we’re going to strengthen.”