Dons set to name new coach within a week

Dons Chief Executive Carl Hall gives the thumbs up. Photo: Howard Roe
Dons Chief Executive Carl Hall gives the thumbs up. Photo: Howard Roe

Doncaster are expected to name their new head coach in time for Sunday’s testing Championship clash at Bradford.

Chief executive Carl Hall played his cards close to his chest as to whether any of the final candidates was at yesterday’s game against Dewsbury Rams at the Tetley’s Stadium.

But had they been they would have come away impressed by what they had seen despite the fact that fourth-placed Dewsbury’s hard-earned 14-6 win condemned the club to a 15th successive league defeat.

Certainly caretaker coach Tony Miller, who agreed to step in following the departure of Paul Cooke last month, was proud of their efforts.

Miller argued that the Dons would have broken their duck but for a late try by Matt Groat being disallowed.

“We’ve been told that Matt put the ball down on a Dewsbury player’s leg over the line and then, thinking he’d scored, he let the ball go and the referee gave a knock-on,” said Miller.

“Matt is adamant that he scored and had it been given it would have been 10-10 with the kick to come and I’m sure we’d have held out in the last couple of minutes given the way we had defended throughout the game.

“The players gave their all and showed a lot of spirit and determination. They deserved to win and I’m gutted for them.”

Miller also felt the club hard done by when having a first half try disallowed.