Doncaster Rovers v Portsmouth – Andy Butler confident of securing top six finish

NOT many first-time managers are entrusted with a side who are sixth in the table when they are asked to take over.

Doncater Rovers' Andy Butler in charge of his first training session after being ex manager Darren Moore left for Sheffield Wednesday. Picture: Andrew Roe/AHPIX LTD.

But that is the situation which Andy Butler finds himself in after being handed the reins for the rest of the season at Rovers after Darren Moore’s departure to Sheffield Wednesday.

In time, Butler admits he will adopt some tweaks here and there, but he believes that there is not a great deal wrong at the minute, despite Rovers heading into tonight’s game on the back of a five-match winless streak.

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Butler, speaking to the press after what he readily acknowledged had been a ‘whirlwind few hours’ after a change of management said: “It is always a challenging time when a manager leaves, but someone has got to step in.

“There will be a tweak and a few changes here and there, but at the same time, we are in a fantastic position as a club.

“Obviously, we are on a little bit of loss of form, but things soon change around and we will get everyone back up in the camp.”

Seeing no reason why Rovers could not finish the campaign in the top six, despite their recent dip and loss of Moore, he added: “As long as we focus on what we are doing and our jobs and show our own abilities, then I have no worries over where we will finish up.

“We are sixth at the moment and want to keep improving as a side and finish as high as possible.”

Former Doncaster boss Darren Moore gets to work with his new charges at Sheffield Wednesday.

Last six games: Doncaster WLLLDL; Portsmouth DWLLWD.

Referee: R Joyce (Cleveland).

Last time: Doncaster 1 Portsmouth 2, October 5, 2019; League One.