Ferguson expected to become Dickov’s successor

Former Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson is favourite to become the new Doncaster Rovers boss (Picture: Stephen Pond/PA Wire).
Former Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson is favourite to become the new Doncaster Rovers boss (Picture: Stephen Pond/PA Wire).
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DONCASTER ROVERS will unveil their new manager at a press conference at the Keepmoat Stadium this morning.

Leading candidate and strong favourite for the post is former Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson, with some unconfirmed speculation suggesting he had been offered the job yesterday.

Since Paul Dickov was axed on September 8, Ferguson, 43 – who left his last job, with the Posh, in February – has figured prominently in the betting, along with the likes of interim-boss Rob Jones, Lee Clark and, latterly, Danny Wilson.

The appointment of a new manager will end a period of five and a half weeks in which Rovers have been without a manager.

After press duties, the new boss will meet with Rovers players ahead of tomorrow’s Yorkshire derby at home to Bradford City.

Rovers playing staff were understood to have been expecting the new permanent manager to be in place by the time they convened for training yesterday, with an eye on preparing the side for tomorrow’s derby.

While the unveiling of an experienced figure such as Ferguson would placate many Rovers supporters, the lengthy saga regarding appointing Dickov’s replacement has led to some fans criticising the time-frame involved in announcing his successor.

Rovers concluded their interview process earlier this week, with Jones, Ferguson, Clark, Shaun Derry and Wilson among several names spoken to.

Some candidates were left awaiting contact for a couple of days from the club’s hierarchy regarding whether they would or would not be offered the position ahead of yesterday afternoon’s developments.

Meanwhile, Neil Redfearn has revealed that he received interest from Doncaster in the vacant managerial position , but says that the lure of moving to a Championship club in Rovers’ near-neighbours Rotherham United was a ‘no-brainer.’

He said: “I knew of Doncaster’s interest, but to be honest, this was far too much of a good option to turn down.

“As soon as I met the chairman, board and people associated with the club, it was a no-brainer.

“We have good football people and people who understand football clubs. It’s a solid, sound base with stability and a club going in a positive direction and on an upward trend. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?”