Doncaster Rovers Boss Richie Wellens Honest About Future Following Another Heavy Defeat

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Doncaster Rovers boss Richie Wellens was honest about his future at the club following yet another 6-0 loss this season.

The first of those came a few weeks ago when Doncaster Rovers more-than welcomed Rotherham United to the Keepmoat Stadium in the Papa John’s Trophy, just days after losing out to their Yorkshire rivals in pursuit of striker Will Grigg.

The second and most recent came at Portman Road, gifting Ipswich Town their first home league win of the season.

Doncaster Rovers Boss Richie Wellens Honest About Future After a Second 6-0 Loss of the Season

Struggled So Far This Season

Richie Wellens has had a tough start to life as manager of Doncaster Rovers. The former Salford City boss replaced Andy Butler, who had been in interim charge at the Keepmoat Stadium, in May 2021. The last permanent boss was Darren Moore, who left for Sheffield Wednesday.

Rovers currently sit rock bottom in League One and have only won the one league game this season – 1-0 at home to Morecambe. There had been hope that the dismal form had turned a corner when the South Yorkshire side recorded that win over Morecambe and followed it up in the Papa John’s Trophy with a 2-1 win over Manchester City U21, however, frustration struck again on Saturday, September 25.

Having led Plymouth Argyle in the 54th minute, Rovers conceded via a penalty 14 minutes later. Again, through a penalty, Plymouth took all three points in added time, a heartbreaking afternoon for Rovers fans.

Seeking a response on Tuesday night, Rovers were behind just 13 minutes in. Going into the break at 2-0 down, it was scarcely imaginable that Doncaster would go out and lose 6-0 again. But, in a ten-minute period between the 70 and 80th minute, Wellens’ side leaked four goals.

Whilst, for a club with Doncaster’s budget, nothing was going to turn around with a click of a finger, questions will undoubtedly be raised about the management of the football club, just as much as the players, when results turn out this badly.

Richie Wellens Honest About Future as Doncaster Rovers Boss

“It was embarrassing,” Wellens told the Doncaster Free Press of the game. “The players and myself will refund every single supporter that has come all the way to see that,” he promised. “Because that is not acceptable.”

Wellens, who gained promotion from League Two with Swindon Town in 2020, went on to speak about his future at the club.

He continued: “I can only apologise, as a manager it is a lonely place to be, I’ll question myself and I’ll speak to Gavin [Baldwin] and David [Blunt] tonight because I know I’m a good manager but the results aren’t good enough.

“I’ll text Gavin now and we’ll have a conversation. If we don’t feel that we’re going in the same direction then I only want the best for this club.

“I’ve made long-term decisions which are hampering what we are doing now so as long as we’re on the same page. I’m raw at the moment. I just want what’s best for the club.”

165 Rovers fans made the trip to Portman Road on Tuesday night.

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