Video: Ferguson backs assistant Strachan to be instant hit with Doncaster Rovers

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DARREN FERGUSON is confident that his assistant Gavin Strachan will prove a hit with the club’s new players after joining Doncaster Rovers as his right-hand man.

Strachan, son of ex Leeds United captain Gordon, will be alongside the 43-year-old in his first match in charge of Rovers at Shrewsbury Town tomorrow with the pair taking on a watching brief at the weekend.

Darren Ferguson's Doncaster are at Shrewsbury.

Darren Ferguson's Doncaster are at Shrewsbury.

Both Ferguson and Strachan have plenty of work to do with Rovers one place off the bottom of League One and boasting just one league away goal to their name this season and without a win on the road since April 14.

Ferguson, who switched training to the afternoon today, said: “Gav has come all the way through with me. He was a player and then I made him youth-team coach and then first-team coach.

“His sessions are good and he’s got good imagination and knows exactly how I want to play and how I want to train.

“For me, that makes it easier in terms of timescale in telling people how I want to do it. But to be fair, all the staff have been really good. It’s been really enjoyable, I got back on the training ground and loved it. It had been a while.

“Gavin is a good coach and I know I can trust him, which is important as well.”

Ferguson says that Andy Butler should be okay to feature, despite suffering blurred vision, which forced him off early on in Saturday’s 1-0 derby loss to Bradford City.

James Coppinger (calf) is available, but Ferguson has confirmed that Rob Jones is still not ready for selection.