Doncaster Rovers set to name Coppinger as head of football operations

By Wayne Veysey

8th Apr, 2022 | 10:21am

Sources: James Coppinger agrees Doncaster Rovers deal

Doncaster Rovers legend James Coppinger is in line to be named as the club’s new head of football operations, Football Insider understands.

The League One strugglers revealed earlier this week (4 April) they were recruiting for the new role of head of football operations and a number of names have been linked with the post.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that club record appearance holder Coppinger is set to take up the role after retiring as a player last May.

Terms have been agreed and an announcement is imminent.

Coppinger, 41, joined Doncaster in 2004 and won three promotions, including two to the Championship, during his 17 years with the South Yorkshire side.

He moved into a backroom role last summer (2021) as he became the club’s head of player development.

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That involves mentoring players from the academy and first-team as well as being on hand for the management team when required.

Doncaster are looking for a head of football operations after an internal review and expect to confirm an appointment by the end of next week.

The role will include taking accountability for player recruitment, the medical and conditioning departments, analysis and setting the culture and standards of Doncaster Rovers.

They have been through three managers in the last two years and are hoping to create more stability at the Keepmoat.

Gary McSheffery took over as manager in December but has not been able to turn the club’s fortunes around.

Rovers currently sit 23rd in League One, eight points from safety and without a goal in their last five games.

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