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Doncaster appoint ex-Huddersfield, Yeovil, Millwall, Rotherham player as head coach

Doncaster appoint ex-Huddersfield, Yeovil, Millwall, Rotherham player Danny Schofield as their new head coach, succeeding Gary McSheffrey.

Doncaster-born Schofield, 42, has signed a one-year rolling contract and is expected to take training today and be in the dugout for Saturday’s trip to Crewe Alexandra.

The club currently sit 12th with 21 points from 14 games played so far in League Two this season, their first season back in the fourth tier having been relegated from League One in April 2022.

CLUB STATEMENT

Doncaster Rovers are delighted to confirm the appointment of Danny Schofield as the club’s new head coach.

During a recruitment process driven by head of football operations James Coppinger, Doncaster-born Schofield quickly emerged as the preferred candidate.

As the club seeks to cement a framework and culture to endure for years to come, Schofield impressed with clear plans for a style of play and development of players, as well as inspiring faith that he can guide the squad towards achieving the goals for the current campaign.

The 42-year-old has signed a one-year rolling contract and is relishing the prospect of taking the reins at his hometown club.

“The initial feeling is excitement,” Schofield said. “I’m really looking forward to the challenge and I appreciate the opportunity. I’m looking forward to getting to work.

“This is a new challenge and one I’m ready to give my all to in order to make it a success.

“I’m a Doncaster lad. I’m from the area so I know this place well. I know the supporters. I know what the ambitions of the club are.

“It seemed a really good fit for me and one I really think can work.”

Schofield was most recently head coach at Sky Bet Championship side Huddersfield Town, having earned the opportunity with impressive progression from age group and B team level at the club.

He began coaching in the Leeds United Academy, latterly working in the U23 set-up before a spell at Middlesbrough.

Coppinger says Schofield’s previous work with younger players made him the ideal head coach to lead Rovers’ youthful squad.

“It was important for the club to act swiftly and get the right man and we’re delighted with his appointment,” Coppinger said.

“Sixty per cent of our squad are 18 to 23 which is what we call a development phase. It’s an important phase.

“Having a coach who has been through that, who understands what it takes, who has developed players, who has a methodology and a way of working and understanding of how he wants to play and coaches that way of playing, it’s a big pull for me.”

Schofield’s professional playing career began after being plucked from Brodsworth Welfare by Huddersfield, with whom he spent a decade. He also had stints with Yeovil Town, Millwall and Rotherham United.

Delivering clear direction and injecting belief back into the squad are at the top of the agenda for new Rovers head coach Danny Schofield.

The 42-year-old is determined to quickly create an environment in which the players can develop and thrive after taking on the role at his hometown club.

“I think one of the core principles of playing football is starting with the foundations – the belief and confidence,” Schofield said.

“Sometimes that’s not easy to build as a player, and I’m speaking from experience here. But it will come when players understand the environment we’re wanting to develop and grow, create psychological safety and pretty much eradicate fear because it does limit your potential.

“I’m very clear on my messages. I think I communicate very well. I’m clear on the way I want to play football and the way I want it to be seen by supporters and the football club.

“I think players buy into that. When they have clarity they can buy into what their role and responsibility is. As a coach, I think that is in my skillset.

“I’m very process-driven. If we get the processes right, create the right environment, have the processes in place to get the vision the club is after, then results are a by-product of the process.”

Schofield was named head coach of Sky Bet Championship side Huddersfield Town in the summer after progressing through the club’s age group and B team set up.

While it did not work out at senior level with the Terriers for Schofield, he feels the experience was invaluable and will stand him in good stead at Rovers.

“When I left my previous my club, I spent a good week reflecting on what went well and why, what went wrong and how I could improve it,” he said.

“I think from an experience point of view it was massive. There were some really good things going on in my time there as a coach and definitely certain things that I can improve on which I’m looking to implement in my time at Doncaster Rovers.

“I’m a big believer that things happen for a reason sometimes. The way I left my previous club was difficult to deal with initially but when this opportunity came up, it was a case of this might be what’s meant to be for me.

“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity.”

Born and raised in Hexthorpe, Schofield feels he has a good grasp of what Rovers supporters want from their team.

He said: “I was a regular visitor to Belle Vue watching games many moons ago. I understand Doncaster people and I know what they want to see.”

Schofield was introduced to the Rovers squad on Thursday morning and was quick to work on preparations for Saturday’s trip to Crewe Alexandra in Sky Bet League Two.

“We’ll be doing everything to prepare for Crewe over the next two days,” he said. “The messages will be very clear.

“We’ll not be looking to get from here to where we want to be in a couple of days but we will start putting things in place to make us competitive first and foremost, and the ultimately trying to win football matches.”

This is what fans had to say after Doncaster appoint the ex-Huddersfield, Yeovil, Millwall, Rotherham player as head coach…

@DrfcMike: Let’s have it then

@j17_jj: Welcome Danny, I hope to god we get behind you. See you Saturday! Danny Schofields red and white army!

@allott_mason: Everyone needs to get behind him and have a right go his season

@Matt_Walker96: Doesn’t matter if he wasn’t your first choice, it’s time for everyone to get behind him now. All the best to him, hope it works out #drfc

@DRFC_Dan99: Fingers crossed, lad from donny!

@JT__90: Just hope the club got it right! Anything less than playoffs is a massive failure!

@Mike_Oxlittle71: Welcome home Danny, make us proud lad.

@Ady2408: Danny from Donny!! 💪💪💪💪💪 let’s kick this leagues ass duuuude!!!!!…welcome mate and wish you the best 👏

@Z_W_95: Delighted for him. Wrong place, wrong time at town but hopefully he can crack on. #htafc #drfc

@JonesyGV: Let’s go Danny lad 🙌🏽

@mattybradders1; Welcome Danny. Let’s get behind him #drfc

@Joerudd_39: Smash it scoffer

@TGS_98: Let’s all get behind him, can’t rule him out before a balls been kicked, into em Danny!

@aaron_challoner: #DRFC #DoncasterRovers Best of luck Danny Schofield! Hopefully you can be the one to help steer this club back on track long term. Oh Danny Boy, the Donny Boys Are Calling! 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️

@YorkiePud101: Another punt on an inexperienced manager. It’ll go one of two ways. Either absolutely tank it and be sacked by Christmas, or do superb & a bigger club will take him off our hands at the end of the season. Good luck Danny

@southstandclez: Chuffed the donny lads been given a chance and he has my support and great that GMS no more so look forward to better attacking football

@adam_elwis: Danny Schofield’s Barmy Army!!! He might not have the wow factor but got to get behind him and hope he can get us out of this league #DRFC

@RileyGilbert16: Can’t help but feel underwhelmed, have the board not learnt from their mistakes? Hope he proves me wrong

@R_Evans1986: Welcome to Rovers Danny! If you can bring a sense of identity & attractive style of play back to this club & I’m sure you’ll have all the fans behind you! Good luck #drfc 🙌🏼🔴⚪️⚽️

@14youngjack: hope he does well, surprised and happy he’s got another job so soon after what happened with us

@joeryder05: Let’s have it Danny get this club where it belongs and the fans will love u in no time

@Dazza69399376: Welcome to our club Danny boy, lets get outa here!!!

@callumrjb: I’m so glad to see the club has learnt absolutely nothing from the last two failed appointments.

@Liz_Robinson_xx: Let’s batter Crewe and get out of this dogshit league then lads

@alexgibbings: Huddersfield always going to be a tough gig after last season, sure he’ll get time to build and hopefully get us back up nearer the top #DRFC

@abbeym__: WE ARE CHANGING LETS GOOOOOO

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