Doncaster Rovers: Takeover uncertainty had Dickov under pressure

Paul Dickov
Paul Dickov

Paul Dickov found himself under pressure from his players during the last two summers, Rob Jones has revealed.

According to Rovers’ club captain, Dickov bore the brunt of frustration from his squad during the drawn out sagas of the two takeover attempts by Sequentia Capital and John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson.

With contracts unresolved and futures in doubt, players were looking to their manager for clarification he was unable to provide.

“The manager himself was probably under a lot more pressure than anyone realises,” Jones said.

“Players were coming in, wanting to know what was going on.

“A lot of people were waiting for the phone to ring last year and the year before as regards to whether they were going to be here or not be here and move on somewhere else.

“The manager didn’t really have the answers because he was waiting for the phone to ring too.”

Jones is confident Dickov will have a much more enjoyable summer this time around, with no takeover looming over the club.

Jones signing a new one-year deal was Rovers’ first piece of business of the closed season, swiftly followed by the capture of goalkeeper Thorston Stuckmann.

And the skipper expects a steady flow of transfer activity over the next few weeks in the build-up to pre-season.

He said: “We’re in a position where we can cement a squad as early as possible

“Hopefully this year we can kick on with a great pre-season with the players the manager wants and they can cement themselves into the squad really quickly.

“And hopefully we can start the season on a really positive note.”

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