December 31st 2018.
Doncaster. South Yorkshire.
At the start of this season, I decided that it would be OK if we finished mid table. The press reckoned we would be near the relegation zone, and, the signings I’d made would be ready for first team football at the back end of this season, ready to go next season for the big prize.
This is where it gets difficult.
I’m slightly ahead of my estimation.
After the defeat to Leicester in the cup, and the transfer window closing, several things became apparent. The morale in the squad as going up, despite the poor performance, and the level of improvement in training was becoming obvious.
Heading into September, we managed to remain on a roll, picking up a great 6-2 win at home to Bury, before beating Chesterfield in the JPT.
A 2-2 draw away at Portsmouth saw us maintain a top 5 place, before something ridiculous happened.
Yeah, the last time I dropped any points in a League Fixture, was in that match. 19 games ago. Using a minimal rotation of players (mainly to replace anyone with condition below 93% pre kickoff) in order to maintain fitness and freshness, Doncaster Rovers have gone on a rampage.
As the clock ticks round to the new year, we are 23 points clear of 2nd placed AFC Wimbledon (after 24 games), and 30 points clear of 7th placed Bradford. In theory, we could push for a Promotion and Championship by the end of February.
Moneywise, the club needs to raise funds pretty quickly. Despite the new owner putting some money in to cover accrued losses, we’re still in the hole financially. One player came in on a free transfer, this being former Manchester United trainee, Joe Rothwell, who had left Oxford at the end of the previous season, and he has fitted into the midfield rotation.
Theres some scouting going on towards moves to be made in January, and on towards the coming summer, with the intention being to go for Championship standard players, no matter what division we are in, and then alter targets should promotion come.
The only other moves have been sending some fringe players out on loan to gain experience, and they’re out until the end of the season.
Scoring wise, Kazaiah Sterling has 18 League goals and 7 assists in 23 games, and a total of 23 goals altogether in 30 games this season, there are other players in the scoring charts, with every player bar 1 or 2 chipping in with goals.
Theres a few managerial jobs popping up, and rumours of me going off elsewhere, but, I don’t think I’d go just yet, although, if a certain job comes up, you’ll never know.