Richie Wellens returned to Rovers for the third time in his career, signing a one-year rolling contract with the club as first-team manager.
During his time as a player for Rovers he made 172 appearances across two spells at the Keepmoat Stadium.
His first job in football management came at Oldham Athletic where he was tasked with steering the club away from relegation. He enjoyed a five-match unbeaten run as interim manager of the Latics, before being handed the reins on a permanent basis. Despite an uprise in performances and results, Oldham were relegated to Sky Bet League Two and Wellens left his role in June 2018.
In November of the same year, he was appointed manager of Sky Bet League Two side Swindon Town. In the 2019/20 season Wellens and his assistant Noel Hunt won the League Two title, which earnt them promotion to League One.
The following season Wellens moved back to League Two to join Salford City, but after only four months in charge left by mutual consent.
This led to his appointment as Rovers manager in May 2021 after a thorough recruiment process.
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