In an effort to help you satisfy your Rovers cravings in between matches Viva Rovers will now be bringing you a summary of Rovers related media coverage in this new and frankly badly named feature. We start locally with most of the coverage of Saturday’s draw at Orient focussing on the wasted opportunity to put promotion back in our own hands. “What a missed opportunity!” begins Peter Catt in the Free Press before bemoaning ‘a disappointing first half display’ in what must be ‘a nervewracking time for all concerned and the pressure on the management and players must be enormous”.
Looking ahead to Rovers next match and the BBC are reporting, albeit rather vaguely, that Stephen Roberts is looking doubtful for Saturday’s game against Luton. Successfully padding a story out of nothing (and viva rovers knows all about that) the BBC luckily managed an expert quote from Sean O’Driscoll to summarise Stephen Roberts injury; “Obviously with the centre half situation we’re a bit worried and we’ll just have to look at it.” Thanks Sean.
Away from the pitch and the reason for unusually high League One coverage in the national media is of course Leeds United’s arbitration hearing over their fifteen point deduction. Avoiding the key issue, much like Ken Bates, for a moment it has brought some varied exposure for the Rovers.
Chief Executive David Morris has made some sensible comments to the media; particularly in an article on Sky Sports’ website; “We’ve not made any decision about what we would do until the tribunal’s decision has been made public,” commented Morris. “If Leeds are given all fifteen points back we would have to look at the situation, as all other clubs who have a chance of promotion will do.”
Chairman John Ryan however has a slightly different take on things according to the News of the World; “If anyone is denied their rightful place in the championship then I think an extra club should be promoted”, championed the tanned one. “It’s ludicrous that a promotion issue should be settled in court and teams who have done nothing wrong should be affected. The timing of the whole thing is scandalous too. I promise that Doncaster and I suspect a host of other teams will not just roll over and die about this. Imagine if Manchester United won the Premier League then someone else denied them by reclaiming 15 points. It wouldn’t happen would it?”
As much as I love what John Ryan has done for the club I think we need to hope David Morris leads the post arbitration meeting at the Keepmoat.