Doncaster Rovers: Ferguson pledges to end ‘lethargy’

Darren Ferguson with assistant boss Gavin Strachan
Darren Ferguson with assistant boss Gavin Strachan

Doncaster Rovers must be rid of a ‘lethargic feel’ surrounding the playing side of the club according to manager Darren Ferguson.

The Rovers boss has pledged to raise standards beyond first team level after being disappointed by some aspects of the playing operation he has witnessed since taking charge last month.

It is understood Ferguson feels the performance of the footballing arm of the club does not meet the standards set by progression away from the pitch.

The 43-year-old has been impressed with the management of the club and delighted at the backing he has received to explore the loan market, with his third signing due to be completed within 24 hours.

“There’s things I need to change and things that need changing quickly,” Ferguson said. “This is no disrespect to anyone and I’m not having a go at anyone individually.

“But I think there’s been a lethargic feel around the place that has got to change.

“Standards have got to go up all the way through the football club.

“There’s things I’ve seen that I don’t like and I’m going to change them. It’s going to take time to change certain things. But generally, you can’t be happier than picking up your first two wins at home and two clean sheets.”

While admitting the senior squad are not close to reaching the levels he expects of them, Ferguson praised the attitude of the players since his arrival.

And he said it has been pleasing to see work on the training ground transferred onto the pitch.

“We’re no where near where we need to be but I don’t mean that as a criticism because in the short time I’ve been here the players have been fantastic,” ge said. “They’ve been outstanding at times in training but we need to get that onto the pitch on a Saturday.

“They are taking on board stuff we are doing. When we went through the Colchester game you could see there was a lot of stuff that we were doing in training that we did well on the pitch.

“It is good for the players to see that.

“Consistency is the key, in performances and mainly in results.

“It’s the one thing we haven’t had and that’s the aim.”