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John Delighted With Dickov Appointment

20 May 2013

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Chairman John Ryan told Rovers Player that he was delighted that the club had appointed Paul Dickov as manager.

The decision on the management situation was finalised just a few hours before the press conference to unveil the new man in charge.

John admitted that he was a long-time admirer of Paul Dickov and was delighted that the other owners were in agreement that he was the right person to move the club forward.

“We’ve gone through a very exhaustive process and there have been some great applicants,” he said.

“We got down to the last two and only made the decision this morning but I’m absolutely delighted with the appointment of Paul Dickov.

“Paul is someone I have admired for a long time, I watched the way he handled Oldham against us and I was very impressed.

“When Dean [Saunders] left Brian [Flynn] took over and did a great job but now we feel that we have got Paul Dickov to take us to another level in the Championship; we don’t want to be scurrying at the bottom we want to be up the league.

“We have got to stop having the mentality that if we finish fourth from bottom we will be happy, we won’t be happy with that. We want to finish high up in the table, I don’t know how high we can go only time will tell. With our team spirit and the players that we have combined with the ones we have earmarked to come in I think we can get together a really good side and surprise a few people in the Championship.

“Paul has got some great contacts and I am sure he will bring in some quality players who will compliment what is already a strong side.

“We’ve got a good record of choosing managers so we hope we have got this one right – I think we have.

“It was a unanimous decision to bring Paul in. All in all we are all happy with the appointment because Paul is a very hard working guy who is motivated and ambitious which is just the same as we [the board] are.” 

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