O’Driscoll dismisses links with Ipswich

DONCASTER Rovers manager Sean O’Driscoll has rubbished reports which linked him with a move to Portman Road to replace Roy Keane.

It was reported that along with Gary Megson he was interviewed for the job before Paul Jewell’s appointment a fortnight ago.

“That’s news to me,” said the soft talking O’Driscoll.

“I know nothing about it. They are a proper football club, but they have spent an awful lot of money.”

When told that his side did well to battle back into the game immediately after going 2-1 down, he replied: “I don’t think we battled back into the game - it was more a case of two teams that couldn’t defend.”

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With Town fans in turmoil over when skipper David Norris and key defender Gareth McAuley are to be offered improved contracts after turning down current offers, O’Driscoll put things into perspective.

He said: “The January transfer window is not for Championship clubs - it’s for those in the Premier League.

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“We can still get loan players in and still agree contracts with out current players after the end of the month.“

Reflecting on Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Portman Road he went on: “This is a difficult league for us to be in and we’re not going to go through it without having difficult periods.

“From the moment Ipswich scored, we lost all control and it became flick-of-the-coin football.

“We might have got back in or we might not.

“But from any ball forward they looked like they might score.

“We are not a physical team and need to knock the ball around. If we start pumping balls forward we will find ourselves in trouble.

“This is the most frustrating time I’ve had since I’ve been at Doncaster.”

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