Doncaster Rovers: ‘I’ve got no excuses this season’ - Dickov

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov accepts he has ‘no excuses’ this season.

The Scot’s third term in charge of Doncaster Rovers starts today with a home fixture against newly-promoted Bury.

Dickov’s two seasons at the helm - both preceded by collapsed takeovers and chaotic pre-seasons - have seen the club relegated from the Championship in agonising fashion and then slip to a 13th place finish in League One.

This time round a smooth, takeover-free build-up, and also some notable acquisitions to the playing squad, sees Doncaster and their fans heading into the new season in more optimistic mood.

And Dickov concedes that also means there is no hiding place for him as Rovers look to mount a more sustained promotion challenge.

“It’s my team,” said Dickov.

“There are no excuses for me now.

“I believe massively in the group I’ve got and what we trying to do as a football club, not just on the pitch but also in terms of the youth system which is flourishing at the minute.

“We’ve got some really good senior pros here too so we’ve got a fantastic mix going into the new season.”

Dickov, meanwhile, told reporters at Thursday’s pre-match press conference that he has known his starting XI to face the Shakers for some while.

Luke McCullough looks set to get the nod at right back and Richard Chaplow could start despite missing out on three of Rovers’ four home friendlies.

“In my head I’ve been pretty clear for a while now what the team’s going to be,” said Dickov.

“Lots of different things come into it: how they train, how they play and tactically how we want to go about this game.”