Give Jones Doncaster Rovers job full time says Coppinger

Rob Jones on the touchline in his first match as Rovers' temporary manager. Photo:  Howard Roe/
Rob Jones on the touchline in his first match as Rovers' temporary manager. Photo: Howard Roe/

Veteran midfielder James Coppinger says the Doncaster Rovers squad are fully behind Rob Jones potentially being handed the manager’s job on a permanent basis.

Player-U21 coach Jones was named caretaker boss following Paul Dickov’s dismissal last week.

And Coppinger says both he and his teammates would be delighted if the 35-year-old was handed the reigns full time.

“All the lads are behind him and we hope he gets the job,” Coppinger said. “He could not be more prepared for this scenario really.

“He’s put a lot of work in since he played a part in us winning the league a couple of years ago.

“As a player he had a magnificent season but most people don’t realise what part he played in that as a manager.

“He’s a fantastic man manager, he’s a fantastic people person.

“Travelling in with him each day, playing alongside him, knowing him really well, you can see he is a leader.

“Doing his A-License, going away and working really hard, taking on the U21s last season, it will all stand him in good stead.

“He’s prepared, he’s hungry. He’s a young manager who wants to do well and wants the players to do well.

“I wish him all the best. The players are backing him to the hilt.”

Rovers released a statement last week mapping out their recruitment plan and suggesting they do not intend to make an appointment before the end of the month, giving Jones at least another three games in which to stake a claim for the job.

In backing Jones, Coppinger says it is a case of what you see is what you get when it comes to the centre half in a managerial role.

But he expects there to be a change in Jones as he throws himself fully into the caretaker role over the next month.

Coppinger said: “I think he’s the typical Rob Jones that people see.

“As a manager he’s really calm and astute. He knows what he wants.

“You know when he says do something, do it.

“I think it might change throughout the course of this next four weeks.

“He’s learning as well as us. He’s definitely started really well and we’ll see what happens this week. This week will be a good one.

“With a couple of days and what happened last week, it’s difficult for him to stamp his authority and what he wants. Hopefully he’ll be given time to do that.”