Time on Jones’s side as Rovers deliberate over new manager

Rob Jones has several games to impress the Doncaster Rovers board in order to succeed Paul Dickov.
Rob Jones has several games to impress the Doncaster Rovers board in order to succeed Paul Dickov.
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Doncaster Rovers have set a closing date of next Friday for applications for the vacant manager’s job.

The League One club have advertised for a successor to Paul Dickov, calling for “applications from suitably qualified individuals”.

The deadline for applications is Friday, September 25, which suggests caretaker manager Rob Jones has several games to stake his claim for the position, continuing tomorrow with the home clash against Oldham Athletic.

That is then swiftly followed by the South Yorkshire derby at Bramall Lane a week tomorrow against Sheffield United, before the midweek visit of Swindon Town on September 29.

Rovers’ criteria for the job includes “success in managing a playing budget”, “commitment to the local community” and “proven leader with a proven track record”.

They also want a manager with “excellent contacts within the football community”, “a pleasing and willing personality” and “proven track record of developing a youth structure and priceway”.

Jones meets many of these, and despite his reluctance to talk about his interest in the role, the former Sheffield Wednesday defender would be a popular choice with supporters.

He was in charge for Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Walsall, two late Tom Bradshaw goals doing the damage.

“All I can say is that I’m delighted to be doing what I’m doing,” Jones said. “I’m loving it.

“I didn’t love the last five minutes at Walsall but I’m loving this responsibility and this role.

“And I’m going to make it my role and responsibility to take this club forward with the help of the staff and players I have,” he added.

Jones completed his UEFA A License in the summer.