Today (Friday 16th October 2015 at 9am) Doncaster Rovers announced that Darren Ferguson is the new first team manager of the club since Paul Dickov was dismissed just over 39 days ago.
Ferguson, has previously managed at fellow league one club Peterborough, and got them promoted to league one, and then to the championship twice. He also managed Preston for a short period of time, but things didn’t work out for him there, so he decided to return back to Peterborough, before being sacked in February 2015. Ferguson, over his career, has a win ratio of 42%, which the board commented on as one of the things that made him the, ‘outstanding’ candidate for the job.
This Saturday Doncaster face Bradford City in the Yorkshire derby at the Keepmoat Stadium, and Rovers haven’t lost at the Keepmoat since they lost 3-0 to Bradford last season. Bradford, also are in a similar position to Rovers – league table wise – as they haven’t had the start to the season that they wanted just like Doncaster.
Rob Jones, will take charge of the Bradford City encounter, so football wise we shouldn’t expect anything totally new, however the players may put in a bit more effort in as Ferguson will be watching from the stand, so they’ll certainly be playing for a place in his starting XI. Prior to the match, at around 2.50pm Ferguson and the new assistant manager Gavin Strachan – son of Scotland manager Gordon Strachan – will be presented to the fans at the Keepmoat.
So, Ferguson’s, and Strachan’s first match will be away to their former club Peterborough United, who are starting to pick up some momentum so far this season, so this will be a match that you do not want to miss!
In my opinion, I think that Ferguson is a great man to lead Doncaster Rovers for the unforeseeable future, and I think there is a lot of success to come for the club while he is at the helm. However, in terms of this season i could see us just finishing out side of the top six, but we will be able to have more of a perspective on where we’ll finish towards the end of January 2016 once he’s got a few matches under his belt and has had a chance to bring some players in during the transfer window, especially after Gavin Baldwin has said that, ‘the funds are there.’ Also, if we don’t live up to expectations I think it would be wrong to jump on his back until he’s had a full season, and summer at the club.