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2 February 2016

Gaffer looking to topple high flying Saddlers on home turf.

Darren Ferguson paid credit to the job that former manager Sean O’Driscoll did during his time in South Yorkshire.

O’Driscoll – now in charge of third placed Walsall – returns to Keepmoat Stadium for the first time since departing Doncaster in 2012 with a 36% win record and supporters can see the game for as little as £15 using the ‘Voucher A’ initiative.

“He did a good job, they were a very good team and always played good football. He’s someone who I’ve come up against a few times and I’m very respectful of the job he’s done in football.

“It’s a good match with him being at Walsall, with how they play and how he wants to play – it makes sense – and he’s had experience with Liverpool etc. The job he did here was a very, very good job.

“Walsall are going very well, they're a confident team and, even though they got beat comfortably at the weekend, their league form has been very good and it’s going to be a tough game.”

Ferguson was speaking after the departure of long serving defender, coach and interim manager Rob Jones who left by mutual consent.

“We just felt that he wasn’t really going to figure and the right thing to do would be to let him go,” said Ferguson.

“He’s made the decision that he wants to carry on playing, which I respect, he’s made it clear that he wants to continue playing and not in to full time coaching so you have to abide by that.

“He’s adamant that he wants to carry on playing and that’s his decision, he’ll know when its time to retire and, if that was someone’s opinion, then I would never tell anyone not to stop playing.

“Gary MacKenzie (who joined Notts County on a 28 day loan) is still in my plans but he’s rusty and needs games, we’ve had a chat and he was good.

“He understood it and hopefully he’ll get five or six games in a month and he’ll be back for the final part of the season.”

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