Doncaster next permanent manager odds
Big things were expected of Darren Ferguson when he made his first steps into management back in 2007, given that his father, Sir Alex Ferguson, proved himself to be one of the greatest managers of all time throughout his 26 year spell at Manchester United.
For a long time it appeared that Darren Ferguson hadn’t inherited his father’s brilliance, as he failed to make an impact during two spells with Peterborough United and a dismal year with Preston North End. Things didn’t seem much better when he took over at Doncaster Rovers back in October 2015, with the club eventually succumbing to relegation from League One at the end of the campaign.
The Scottish boss was allowed to keep his job, and he has since guided Doncaster to the top of League Two, with promotion back up to the third tier looking like a real possibility. Ferguson is unlikely to lose his job any time soon. But, if the club do manage to gain promotion, there will be some concerns about Ferguson’s ability to keep them up. Although, if they decide that Ferguson isn’t the man to lead the club going forward, who will they turn to instead?
The next manager to take charge at the club will largely depend on what division they are playing in next season. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is available after losing his job at Queens Park Rangers, after struggling to pull the club out of the relegation zone. The former Chelsea striker will be reluctant to drop down from the Championship to League Two, but he would undoubtedly be a brilliant capture for Doncaster.
Hasselbaink has experience at League Two level, having led Burton Albion prior to his QPR appointment. The Dutchman joined the club in November 2014 when they were in a similar position to where Doncaster find themselves now, and within a year they had gained promotion to League One and were pushing for promotion to the Championship.
Aside from his time at Burton, Hasselbaink has little more experience, yet what he has achieved during his short time in management could convince Doncaster that he is the right man to take them to the next level.
Alternatively, they could turn to a very similar manager in Nigel Adkins. The former Wigan goalkeeper has had a difficult few years as manager of Reading and Sheffield, but he proved himself to be a miracle worker during his three year tenure at Southampton.
Adkins guided the club from the League One relegation zone to the Premier League in just two seasons, achieving back-to-back promotions. While he was sacked by the club just a few months into his Premier League reign, Adkins has proved himself to be a more than capable manager outside of the top flight.
Doncaster will he hopeful that Adkin can achieve similar results, should he join the club. However, like Hasselbaink, capturing Adkins will largely depend on whether the club can achieve promotion to League One this season.