Doncaster Rovers: Doubts over future of Richie Wellens

Richie Wellens
Richie Wellens

Richie Wellens admits his Rovers future is up in the air following John Ryan’s departure from the boardroom.

Ryan was Wellens’ chief cheerleader in the Rovers hierarchy, convincing his fellow major shareholders to dig a little deeper to cover the midfielder’s wages.

But with Ryan gone and his short term deal set to expire in January, Wellens says he is unsure what his future will hold.

“John leaving is probably going to have an effect on my future,” Wellens told the Free Press.

“There’s not a great deal I can do about that now so I’ll take it until January and see what happens then.

“It was a big shock for everyone when he came in after the Barnsley game and told us he was going.

“He’s one of the most enthusiastic football chairman I’ve ever come across in terms of knowing his stuff about football.

“He’s a genuinely nice guy as well and I’ve got a lot of time for him.

“He’s a big supporter of this club and I’m sure he’ll continue with that.”

Should Wellens depart Rovers in January, he will leave having skippered the side for two months.

The 33-year-old was selected to take Rob Jones’ armband while the centre half recovers from his neck issue.

Wellens said: “I was probably the most obvious choice looking around the squad.

“I’ve got probably the most experience along with James Coppinger in terms of games played and age.

“I didn’t even know Rob had pulled out of the Brighton game when the manager came over and told me I was captain.”

Wellens first real task as skipper has been guiding his side through a run of games that will have big implications at the bottom end of the Championship.

After starting the run with a point at Barnsley, Wellens says a win against Yeovil on Friday night is vital before Tuesday’s rearranged trip to Charlton.

He said: “We’ve not been set a target but I think home games against teams who are going to be down there with us are massive.

“We’d want to be taking at least four points from Yeovil at home and Charlton away.

“And obviously there’s a bit of a point to prove at Charlton because we felt we should have had the three points from the original game.

“We’ve got to go there and try and get what we feel is due to us.”