DONCASTER ROVERS stalwart James Coppinger has leapt to the defence of under-fire manager Paul Dickov - and feels some fans’ calls for him to be sacked are harsh.
It has been a frustrating campaign for Rovers, who head into the final game of the season against visiting Scunthorpe United on Sunday on the back of a poor return of just two wins in 12 matches.
It has led to some increasingly disgruntled supporters to call for the axing of the Scot, who took over at the Keepmoat Stadium almost two years ago.
But Coppinger insists that Dickov is the man to take Rovers forward and believes the circumstances he has worked in during the past two campaigns following difficult pre-seasons have not helped him.
On some fans wanting Dickov to be sacked, Coppinger said: “I think it is harsh to a point.
“Obviously, the last few games have been disappointing, but on the whole this season, with what went on in pre-season and into the season, we have performed relatively well.
“We had a good chance of getting into the play-offs and tailed away at the end.
“But looking ahead to next season, we have still got a great squad of players contracted and still have a chance of doing something if we build throughout the season.
“I think it is important for the manager and staff to know what they are working with for the start of next season because for the last two, I don’t think that has happened.”