The top six favourites to become new Doncaster Rovers manager has been revealed with Andy Butler in charge until the end of the season.
The League One club are currently searching on the market for a permanent replacement for Darren Moore with the club still eyeing up promotion to the Championship.
The South Yorkshire outfit sit 12th in the League One table, but are just 8 points behind the team in the final playoff place, and have a game in hand over most of the teams above them fighting for that spot.
Let’s find out which managers are linked with the job with the application process ongoing…
Neil Harris – 20/1
Neil Harris was most recently sacked by Cardiff City having suffered six straight losses in the Championship.
The 43-year-old went into management with former club Millwall – who he is the all time record goalscorer for – after having several stints as caretaker manager.
In his first full season as manager, he led Millwall to the League One Playoff Final against Barnsley at Wembley after finishing 4th in the League One table and overcoming Bradford City 4–2 on aggregate in the semi-finals. The Lions lost the playoff final 3–1 to Barnsley.
He did guide the club to promotion to the Championship, again via the playoffs for the 2016/17 season. He also took the club to the FA Cup quarter finals that season. He then resigned in October 2019.
He linked up with Cardiff in November 2019, managing the Bluebirds for 62 games before his sacking and replacement by Mick McCarthy.
Phil Parkinson – 10/1
A source has told Football Insider that Phil Parkinson is considered to be a frontrunner for the Doncaster post before the interview process begins, with the club wanting to have an appointment in place and confirmed before the end of the campaign ready for next season.
Late November 2020 saw Sunderland announce that they sacked him after 13 months in charge of the third tier club.
A draw at Fleetwood was a third league game without a win for the Black Cats, leaving them eighth in the League One table.
The ex-Bolton Wanderers boss, 52, replaced Jack Ross at the Stadium of Light in October 2019 and led them to eighth place last season.
Parky had a successful spell at Valley Parade between 2011 and 2016, enjoying a promising run in the Johnstones Paint Trophy, guided them to League Two safety, the League Cup final (lost 5-0 to Swansea), promotion to League One via the playoffs, a 4-2 FA Cup at Chelsea despite being 2-0 down – booking a place in the FA Cup quarter finals, reached the League One playoffs (lost to Millwall), but then left the club for Bolton.
Micky Mellon – 9/1
Manager Micky Mellon says he is “100% focused” on his current club Dundee United in the face of reported interest in him from Doncaster Rovers.
The Scottish Premiership club have so far not been contacted by the English League One side with regards to Mellon, but he still remains one of the top six favourites.
The Scot has spent much of his whole career in England – arriving from Tranmere Rovers last summer.
When asked about the speculation, he insisted there “is still a lot of work to be done” at United.
“It is difficult for me to speak about,” he added. “If I don’t speak about it, it looks like I am avoiding it, and if I do, it looks like I have something to speak about. But I really don’t.
“This is an exciting place to be and, honestly, until I am told differently and asked to come and have a conversation, I will continue to do that and there has not been a need to do that.”
Mellon has had a relatively successful first season at United, comfortably preserving their Premiership status in their first season back in the top flight.
Before arriving at Tannadice, he enjoyed success at Tranmere, Shrewsbury Town and Fleetwood Town.
“I am blessed. I have worked with some great players and had teams that have been very very successful down south and, because of that, that is maybe why people will link you with opportunities,” Mellon said.
“But I have always been a guy who has been grateful to be given the opportunity at the club that he is at.”
George Boateng – 8/1
George Boateng is a 45 year old Dutch former professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder.
He is currently a Professional Development coach at Aston Villa under 23s and academy, earning promotion to that role in September 2020.
Previous to that, in September 2018, Boateng signed as Under 13’s head coach at Blackburn Rovers, where he coach different age groups at the Academy.
He has also managed Kelantan, a Malaysian club, picking up 18 wins, 2 draws and 17 defeats within 37 games played between April 2014 and March 2015.
BOATENG’S PLAYING CAREER:
1994–1995 – Excelsior – 9 games (0 goals)
1995–1998 – Feyenoord – 68 games (1 goal)
1998–1999 – Coventry City – 46 games (5 goals)
1999–2002 – Aston Villa – 103 games (4 goals)
2002–2008 – Middlesbrough – 182 games (7 goals)
2008–2010 – Hull City – 52 games (1 goal)
2010–2011 – Skoda Xanthi – 19 games (2 goals)
2011–2012 – Nottingham Forest – 5 games (1 goal)
2012–2013 – T-Team – 15 games (2 goals)
Total – 499 games (23 goals)
1995–1998 – Netherlands U21 – 18 games (0 goals)
2001–2006 – Netherlands – 4 games (0 goals)
Paul Heckingbottom – 5/1
Paul Heckingbottom is the Sheffield United caretaker manager after Chris Wilder departed by mutual consent.
He is has been a coach with Premier League strugglers, impressing with the U23s and has been handed the opportunity on a temporary basis with the club looking to plan ahead.
Of the four games he’s been in charge of, all of them have fallen in defeat.
HECKINGBOTTOM’S MANAGERIAL STATS:
Barnsley (caretaker) – 12 February 2015 until 25 February 2015 – 3 games, 2 wins, 0 draws, 1 defeats, 66.67 win %
Barnsley (caretaker) – 6 February 2016 until 15 June 2016 – 22 games, 14 wins, 5 draws, 3 defeats, 63.64 win %
Barnsley – 15 June 2016 until 6 February 2018 – 83 games, 23 wins, 23 draws, 37 defeats, 27.71 win %
Leeds United – 6 February 2018 until 1 June 2018 – 16 games, 4 wins, 4 draws, 8 defeats, 25.00 win %
Hibernian – 13 February 2019 until 4 November 2019 – 32 11 12 9 34.38 win %
Total – 156 games, 54 wins, 44 draws, 58 defeats, 34.62 win %
Richie Wellens – 2/1
Gary Neville’s Salford City ruthlessly sack Wellens, their second manager of the season with their promotion hopes looking to be taking a dip, yet was still in contention of the playoffs.
His exit came just days after winning the club’s first piece of silverware as a Football League club, following their success in the 2020 EFL Trophy – with last season’s final only being played in March 2021.
Wellens began his playing career at Manchester United before signing for Blackpool in 2000, where he went on to win promotion from League Two via the playoffs in 2001. In 2005, he left them to move to Oldham Athletic where he made 87 appearances in two seasons at the club. After his spell at Oldham, Wellens made his successful move to Doncaster Rovers in the summer of 2007 where he became a fans’ favorite, helping the club rise into the Championship for the first time in 50 years. His time at Doncaster came to an end in 2009 after he had helped the club to consolidate their Championship position as he moved to Leicester City. In his time in the Midlands, Wellens made 129 appearances, scoring four goals, and winning the club’s Player of the Year in 2011. After a short loan spell with Ipswich Town, Wellens rejoined Doncaster in 2013.
Wellens’ first role in management came when he joined Oldham Athletic as first team manager from September 2017 to June 2018 when Wellens was sacked following the club’s relegation to League Two. Wellens then took over the vacant managerial position at Swindon Town in the summer of 2018 where he led the club to win the 19–20 League Two title on PPG during the pandemic.
Fans reacted with the top six favourites to become new Doncaster manager revealed and one other report claiming Phil Parkinson to be their leading contender…
@GazJFisher: God help Donny
@lewygsafc: oh dear
@KianJefferys (on Parky): @liamhoden is this true it better not be he is not a good manager
@MarkBirtles: Wellens would be good anywhere. Salford need their heads looking at 🤦♂️
@JohnLeslieCoyl1: I am suitably underwhelmed.
@LiamShepard7: He’ll give Doncaster Parkinson’s Disease too just like he did at Sunderland 😦 he will more than likely try to get rid of Doncaster’s talented footballers I will feel really sorry for Doncaster 🙁
@Sunderlandpaul: oh boy not Parky
@Cameronshaww98: Neil Harris next rovers manager I reckon #drfc
@RedMoshMan_RTID: Very close between wellens and Harris are favourites with fans. Only thing left to do now is wait 👀🤞 #DRFC
@capulet7: I can’t believe there not going to appoint a decent replacement as soon as possible, because at this rate we will lose nearly every game until end of season with butler in charge. Mark my words.
@critch243: ‘The Rovers board will follow a similar process which led to the successful appointment of both Grant McCann and Darren Moore’ – given the way they both left do you think it’s wise to follow the same process?
@Orrie2014: Our ambition as a club shown right there. We put an unexperienced manager in charge with no support of a massively competitive league. We then continue with this whilst taking an age to choose a new manager. Fuck up after fuck up this season by the #drfc board.
@Dannyhall07: I’d happily take Neil Harris
@_kylea02: About 8 games too fucking late, get Nicky Butt in that managers seat #drfc
@RedMoshMan_RTID: Should have started when “he” left. Also can people not see that wellens would be a bad appointment. He would do exactly the same as the two previous snakes did to us. He left Swindon in the lurch this season he’d do the same to us in a heartbeat of the money was there. #DRFC
— Graham Quinn 💙 (@QuinnyGA) April 14, 2021
I’d say its a specific criteria but shows they want the best available
— Aaron Challoner (@aaron_challoner) April 12, 2021