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A fresh start - Dickov

24 July 2014

Rovers manager looking to spearhead new strategy.

Following a meeting with the Doncaster Rovers board, manager Paul Dickov has said that he is prepared to “get on with it” with a little over two weeks before the start of the season.

“The takeover fell through which no one was expecting and I had a meeting with Terry (Bramall) and David Blunt about the best way to go forward,” said Dickov.

“The budget’s been amended and, as a Club, we deal with it and move on.

“We move forward as a Club and make sure that everybody is going in the same direction and that goes from board level, all the way through to the fans.”

Despite what appeared like uncertainty surrounding the club, Dickov was adamant that that unity is the order of the day and highlighted a shift in policy with greater emphasis on youth and sustainability.

“From the outside looking in, it looks as if it’s an unstable job and it’s up to me and Gavin (Baldwin) to make sure there’s a lot of stability moving forward.

“It’s a different strategy now and we’re going to try and create a squad with some youngsters and experienced players in there. There’s got to be a lot of patience but I will be looking for a squad that’s capable of competing this year and I want to win every game,” he said.

Although the future of James Coppinger and midfielder Richie Wellens looks unclear – as the 34 year old can activate a release clause in his contract between now and 31st August – chances for the youngsters and trialists to prove their worth have arisen sooner than expected.

“The ones (trialists) who will be staying will be the ones who we feel can benefit us this year,” he furthered.

“It’s going to be a balancing act; we’ve got some good kids here. You never know until you throw them in what they will be like.”


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