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Chief executive thanks Andy Butler

11 May 2021

Chief executive Gavin Baldwin has thanked Andy Butler for his efforts and commitment since being appointed manager of the Rovers first-team in March.

The 37-year-old first took temporary charge of Rovers in November while the entire management team were isolating due to contact with a positive COVID-19 case and was subsequently put in charge until the end of the season on March 1 following the departure of Darren Moore and Jamie Smith to Sheffield Wednesday.   

Gavin said: “Andy has dealt with an incredible number of challenges in the past 10 weeks - from an injury list that at one point included seven regular starters, to a COVID-19 case all while managing a playing schedule which was more intense than any previous season. He has dealt with every challenge with professionalism and calmness.  

“We all know how much this club and this town means to Andy and we are all saddened that his spell in charge didn’t end the way we would have liked but his hard-work and commitment to the role and to this club has never been questioned.   

“I want to thank Andy for taking the reins in such challenging circumstances and thank Paul Gerrard, Alex Bailey, Rob Lee John Chatfield and Mat Hawkhead for stepping up and taking on greater responsibilities in what was already a busy and difficult season.”

Rovers are set to appoint a new manager in the next 10 days, with Butler looking forward to returning to manage the Doncaster Rovers Belles ahead of the 2021/22 season to continue his managerial development.  

Andy added: “It’s been a huge honour to manage Rovers and while results didn’t go the way we wanted, I believe myself and my staff have given it 100%. 

“I want to thank all my friends and family who have been there for me throughout, and all the admin staff and media team at the club who have worked so hard this season to support me and the players. 

“I also want to the thank fans for their support, particularly those who gathered outside the stadium on Sunday. It meant a lot to see them there clapping all the players and just reminded us how much we’ve missed them in the stadium.  

“I’m looking forward to using all the experiences I have gained over the past few months and using that as I return to manage the Belles. Nick Buxton has been a huge support taking charge of training in my absence and I know we’re both really looking forward to next season.” 

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