Rovers chairman David Blunt has issued the following statement:
Following today’s results, our relegation from Sky Bet League One has been confirmed.
This is bitterly disappointing for all at the club and we would like to apologise to our loyal supporters for how things have played out.
While we acknowledged last summer that this would be a period of transition on the pitch, this is not the outcome we anticipated.
Please be assured however that we are determined to emerge from this setback stronger both off and on the pitch. The adversity has provided valuable lessons and highlighted areas across the club where improvements can be made to put us back on the right path.
For the last several months, we have carried out a significant review of our football operations and have sought to learn from the practices of other clubs.
This has led to the creation of head of football operations role into which James Coppinger has been appointed. We are confident it will ensure greater cohesion and put on-field form back on an upward trajectory.
James of course needs time and the support of all around him, including fans, staff and ourselves as owners, as we move forward with this new structure.
That support will be shown too to first team manager Gary McSheffrey, who has our full backing to help orchestrate our recovery and response to this setback.
Gary, working closely with James, will lead us through an important summer and into the new campaign, armed with the resources we feel will help us bounce back decisively.
We have been heartened by the backing shown by supporters who have already purchased season tickets for the new campaign, with sales at the same level as our 2019 early bird campaign.
We thank you for your incredible loyalty and hope to be able to repay that with the improvement on the pitch that you crave as much as we do.
This is an unwanted backward step for us all, but we emerge on the front foot with positivity and purpose.
David Blunt, chairman