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It Looks Like Sean O'Driscoll !

It  Looks Like Sean O'Driscoll !

Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O'Driscoll now appears to be the favourite for the Burnley managerial vacancy.

Doncaster though are rumoured to have told Burnley FC that they would want around £1million in compensation.

Rovers chairman John Ryan is quoted as saying:

'We don't want to lose Sean but should it happen we shall be seeking serious compensation. We've not been called 'the Arsenal of the Championship' for nothing. That's down to Sean.' .

Sky Sports News also understands that O'Driscoll is also planning to bring in his No.2 Richard O'Kelly who was taking training with Doncaster on Tuesday.

O'Driscoll appears to have beaten Brian Laws in a two-horse race and according to Sky Bet now has odds of 8/11 to be offered the job with Brian Laws Evens(Clark and Coppell are next at 25/1 and the rest are out at 50/1 or greater)

BBC Radio Sheffield have gone even further and believe Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O'Driscoll is on the verge of being named Burnley's new manager.

They go on to say he has been offered the role after concluding talks with the club and say Doncaster and Burnley are currently working out a compensation package.

O'Driscoll now 52 had a non-league playing career with Willenhall Town and Alvechurch before signing for Fulham in 1979. The midfielder spent five years with the Cottagers before moving to Bournemouth in 1984.O'Driscoll was born in Wolverhampton but was a Republic of Ireland international making just 3 appearances in the early eighties

He retired from playing football in 1995 and subsequently joined the club's coaching staff. He was appointed manager at Dean Court in August 2000 achieving promotion via the Third Division play-offs in the 2002-03 season.

After 22 years with Bournemouth as a player and coach he left the club to become manager at Doncaster Rovers in 2006.

In O'Driscoll's first full season in charge of Doncaster Rovers he got them promotion into the Championship after a 1-0 victory over Leeds United in the League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium in May 2008.

Doncaster have now consolidated themselves in the Championship and are a mid-table side currently in 15th spot seven points off the play-offs positions

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Date:Tuesday January 12 2010
Time: 2:14PM


Just watched Sky Sports News and they seem certain it's going to be O'Driscoll who would also appear to be the fans favourite based on a straw poll round the ground
12/01/2010 14:18:00
Bet Wade Elliott has a smile on his face and John Spicer at Donny must be wondering! Whatever happened to Garreth O'Connor?? lol ;-)
12/01/2010 14:41:00
If it is the two horse race as claimed it has to be O'Driscoll over Laws. O'Driscoll not my ideal choice but he will have my support.
12/01/2010 15:12:00
I suppose O'Driscoll does play the same style of entertaining attacking,to feet football as Coyle did and doesn't go for the hoof&hope approach. Donny certainly had the better of us last season too. I suppose if he can keep our style of play going and maybe introduce one or two other ideas we might be all right. Interesting times
12/01/2010 15:28:00
That's taken me by surprise, I do know Rovers play good attractive football,But do not don't know that much about Sean O'Driscoll.
Grimsby Claret
12/01/2010 15:29:00
Sean O'Driscoll dahda, dahda? Has a certain ring to it.
Couch Potato
12/01/2010 15:37:00
I'd be well satisfied with this appointment. Half of me wanted the tin hat survival type manager a la Neil Warnock but now the dust has settled from the rawness of Coyle's departure, a more measured approach from a quiet man is probably what is required. After all, we've had our fill of Mouth Almighty's for now. He is VERY quiet though. Supporters will be taken aback about how laid back he is when interviewes. I remember when I was in Sheffield I used to have to turn up the radio to hear him!!
12/01/2010 15:37:00
Pardon? ;-)
12/01/2010 15:45:00
I suppose also spending 22 years at one club might be an indication that he could be more loyal given the chance
12/01/2010 15:56:00
Would be a very good signing if he has the hunger to prove himself at a big[ger] club. Seems a quiet chap but that is never a clue as to his hunger, determination, talent or indeed ruthlessness. If Doncaster are haggling over compo then surely it's only a matter of time - they can't deny SOD this chance, he'll never get one again. They must know that, and he's got them where they are. Bookmakers are still 50/50 at 4pm so I'd be tempted at those prices since you can't see it falling down on either compensation or personal terms. I expect something like a £500k settlement and SOD to be with us sometime on Wednesday to take training before Man Utd, Liverpool. Chelsea......and Bolton!!! 4 points and a cup replay he is an instant hero.
12/01/2010 15:57:00
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