Derry, Ferguson and Clark lead race for Doncaster Rovers job as Coppinger backs Jones

Shaun Derry is in the frame for the Doncaster job.
Shaun Derry is in the frame for the Doncaster job.
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Doncaster Rovers veteran James Coppinger has called for interim manager Rob Jones to be given the job on a permanent basis.

Jones was interviewed on Tuesday, one of six candidates who are thought to have discussed the position.

Former Notts County manager Shaun Derry was another interviewed by the South Yorkshire side, along with Lee Clark and Darren Ferguson on Monday, all of whom are believed to be in front of Jones in the pecking order.

It is expected that Doncaster will announce the appointment of a new boss on Wednesday.

Rovers hero Coppinger is hopeful that the club’s hierarchy will choose to give his former team-mate the job.

He said: “I’m 100 per cent behind him and I know I’m not the only one.

“It’s out of our hands but we’ve tried to do our best for him.

“It wasn’t the best performance at York but after such a great performance against Barnsley, things are looking brighter.

“I think he’s done an amazing job.

“He works tirelessly, he’s got the club’s interests at heart and he’s a player’s manager.

“It was disappointing from a player’s perspective to not get a win at York but it’s one of those things.”

Jones has taken charge of six games in his time as interim manager, which began with Paul Dickov’s sacking on September 9.

His solitary win came against Yorkshire rivals Barnsley last weekend.