Doncaster Rovers are narrowing their managerial search to two candidates – former Salford City boss Richie Wellens and current Dundee United boss Micky Mellon.
Doncaster Rovers have been managerless since the start of last month. Darren Moore left for Sheffield Wednesday in what was a shock move from the League One club, who’ve been managerless since.
This morning, The Sun on Sunday (18.04.21, pg. 67) reports that Wellens is ‘up against’ Mellon to land the Keepmoat job.
Alan Nixon writes that Rovers were going to stick with caretaker manager Andy Butler, but that recent results have forced a ‘rethink’ from the club’s hierarchy.
He then goes on to explain how Wellens might be the club’s preferred choice because, unlike Mellon who is currently at Dundee United, Wellens is not in work, and so his appointment wouldn’t cost the club any compensation.
Mellon though is famed for his work at Tranmere Rovers and could yet prove the no.1 choice for Doncaster Rovers.
Rovers ended a run of nine games without a win yesterday, claiming an impressive 2-0 win away at Shrewsbury Town in League One.
They were up in contention for a top-six spot over New Year but since Moore’s exit, they’ve struggled, and now find themselves in 10th-place of the table – five points behind Oxford United in 6th.
Either Wellens or Mellon would be ideal candidates for the job – they’ve both got recent and impressive experience in the Football League, though Wellens seems to edge it given that he’s currently a free agent.
It’ll be interesting to see who Doncaster Rovers opt for, and when they make the appointment.