Backroom staff additions on hold at Doncaster Rovers says Andy Butler

DONCASTER ROVERS manager Andy Butler has put any plans to add to his staff on hold until the summer - when he aims to have earned the job on a long-term basis.

Butler, handed the reins initially for the rest of the season - and offered the platform to be Darren Moore's permanent successor beyond this term if he impresses - will continue to work with the likes of Paul Gerrard and Alex Bailey and existing staff for the time being.

Butler, 37, said: “For the rest of the season we’ll be going with what we’ve got here now.

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“In the summer it will be a different story and I will probably look for a new number two.

Doncaster Rovers interim manager Andy Butler.Doncaster Rovers interim manager Andy Butler.
Doncaster Rovers interim manager Andy Butler.

“But at the moment I’m not going to change anything. I’ve got a good backroom staff that support me and have all taken up a bit more.

“Gez has taken a lot more on. And Alex is an important member of staff. His ideas and the way he approaches games really help.

“We’re sticking with the continuity. We’ll be there for each other as a tight knit staff.”

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Butler's side head south to MK Dons for a key League One fixture tomorrow, with the pack below Rovers circling due to a run of two victories in their past 11 matches.

It incorporates a sequence of six away games without a win - including five defeats.

But Butler is confident that if his side show the aptitude they displayed in overcoming a nightmare start in last weekend's game at Gillingham - where Rovers players recovered from an early 2-0 deficit to take a point - that an upturn is around the corner.

MK Dons are one of several sides with an outside change of reeling in Rovers.

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Butler added: “It is an important game because of the teams around us. As long as we start the game brightly, I have no worries that we won’t get a positive result.

“Take away the two goals against Gillingham, I thought we defended excellently and when we had the ball, I thought we caused them issues and it is more of the same, really, taking away the first three of four minutes."

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