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New assistant Eyre excited by Rovers challenge

9 May 2022

New assistant manager Steve Eyre believes progress is already being made to bring good times back for Rovers.

Eyre has been appointed assistant to boss Gary McSheffrey ahead of the new campaign, stepping up from the part time coaching role he held in the final few months of the season.

And he is confident he can play a role in revitalising Rovers.

“I’m delighted to be here,” the 50-year-old said.

“I was given an opportunity towards the end of the season short-term to come in and support the manager and the staff. I recognised that it was a real good opportunity for me and I did feel there was improvement towards the end with fitness, performance level, goals and results.

“Sadly, the games programme ended, we ran out of time and we were relegated.

“But I think a setback is an opportunity for a comeback.

“The wheels are already in motion to have better times and return Doncaster Rovers to where they should be initially, which is back in League One, and take it from there.

“To come and join the club, I’m fully aware of its tradition. The way I’ve been treated and the respect I’ve been given, has made it an easy choice to join.”

The former Manchester City youth coach joined Rovers in early March to provide experience to McSheffrey’s coaching team.

Settling in quickly, Eyre impressed with his work on the training ground, which ultimately earned him the opportunity to make the step up to assistant this summer.

Despite Rovers’ relegation from Sky Bet League One, he feels there were positive signs in performances towards the end of the campaign.

“I think I counted up to seven players that I’d previously worked with and with the rest of the lads there was a willingness to learn which was terrific,” he said.

“I settled in really quickly and I thought with the team there was a shift, probably at half time at Shrewsbury, with the slight change of formation and we gave them clear instructions that they embraced.

“I think we saw the semblance of what a football team at League One level should look like by the end of the season but what we have to make sure we do now is become better than anyone else in League Two at what we do. That’s not just on a Saturday, that’s through the working week and I believe the potential here is quite obvious.”

Eyre quickly forged a good relationship with manager McSheffrey and he is looking forward to helping the young coach develop along with the senior squad.

“I was very aware of what a talented footballer in the game he was and through my friends in the game I was aware of how well-liked he was as a team mate,” he said.

“I think he’s taken to it very well and I think the exciting thing for him and the football club is that he’s very much in the potential phase himself, like a lot of the players.

“I saw the growth of him every single day in terms of his coaching, his managing and his man-managing.

“That makes it very easy for me to support that. At any point, and that goes for him and the rest of the staff, I hope they will recognise that I have my own ideas and I can lead whenever they want me to.

“But mainly I am here to support a young manager who has got a great future in the game.

“I’m delighted to be here.”


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