Doncaster Rovers have appointed former Huddersfield Town manager Danny Schofield as their new head coach.
The Doncaster-born Schofield has signed one-year rolling contract and will replace Gary McSheffrey, who was sacked three days ago, following last Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Carlisle.
Rovers said that Schofield impressed with clear plans for a style of play and development of players, as well as inspiring faith that he can guide the squad towards achieving the goals for the current campaign.
On signing his contract, the 42-year-old said: “The initial feeling is excitement. I’m really looking forward to the challenge and I appreciate the opportunity. I’m looking forward to getting to work.
“This is a new challenge and one I’m ready to give my all to in order to make it a success.
“I’m a Doncaster lad. I’m from the area so I know this place well. I know the supporters. I know what the ambitions of the club are. It seemed a really good fit for me and one I really think can work.”
Doncaster’s head of football operations James Coppinger said: “Schofield previous work with younger players made him the ideal head coach to lead Rovers’ youthful squad.”
He added: “It was important for the club to act swiftly and get the right man and we’re delighted with his appointment.
“Sixty per cent of our squad are 18 to 23 which is what we call a development phase. It’s an important phase.
“Having a coach who has been through that, who understands what it takes, who has developed players, who has a methodology and a way of working and understanding of how he wants to play and coaches that way of playing, it’s a big pull for me.”
Schofield was a youth coach at Barnsley, Leeds United and Middlesbrough before joining Huddersfield Town as under-19s coach in 2020.
He was appointed Huddersfield B team coach before before replacing Carlos Corberan who resigned as Huddersfield head coach in July.
He was sacked after just 69 days with the club winning only once from nine matches and second from bottom in the Championship log.
He formerly served as Huddersfield caretaker coach in 2020 for only one match and also at Bradford (Park Avenue) as player coach from 2015 to 2016.
Schofield first match in-charge of Doncaster Rovers will be against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, away from home.