Doncaster Rovers: Dickov wary of Leeds reaction

Brian McDermott
Brian McDermott

Paul Dickov has warned of a “tin hats on” reaction from crisis club Leeds United today.

United’s much publicised off the field problems plunged to new depths yesterday when the players’ wages had to be deffered due to an argument between owners Gulf Finance House and prospective buyer Massimo Cellino over who should pick up the bill.

Dickov can empathise with his opposite number Brian McDermott after Doncaster themselves were plagued by their own takeover politics earlier in the season. And he says his team should beware a siege mentality from Leeds.

Dickov said: “You’d like to think [the off-field problems] doesn’t affect the players. It can work both ways.

“It can affect a team in a negative way. But it can also create a siege mentality, a tin-hats on attitude, which can get a togetherness going.

“I’ve been involved in that situation myself when I was at Manchester City and Leicester. Sometimes it can have a positive affect on the players.

“What we have to do is not get sidetracked by that. It’s a massive game for us.

“We’re eight points clear with eight games left and we want to make that gap bigger and put pressure on teams around us.”

Leeds’ players were expected to receive part payment yesterday with the remainder of their wages arriving after Cellino’s appeal against the Football League’s decision to reject his takeover is heard next week.