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Flynn moves to developmental role with Doncaster

Doncaster Rovers have announced Brian Flynn is to step down as manager and take up a developmental role at the club.

Flynn took charge at the Keepmoat Stadium in early January when Dean Saunders left the club to join Wolves and went on to guide the Yorkshire outfit to their first divisional title in nine years with a thrilling last-day win over Brentford.

With minutes to play against the Londoners, the Welshman saw his side face a penalty that would have denied them promotion, but Marcello Trotta missed the spot kick and, on the counter-attack, James Coppinger tapped in Billy Paynter’s pass to seal their success.

However, less than a week after his side were crowned champions, Flynn has approached the club’s board and asked to return to his previous role recruiting and developing players, meaning the club will go in search for a new manager as they prepare for life in the Championship.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “The owners have offered
Brian a senior role within the club developing and supporting whoever is
to manage the side as it goes into the Championship.

“Brian will be
involved in the search for a new manager and new players for the
challenge ahead in one of the most competitive leagues in the world.

“Brian
will go down in history following the dramatic end to the season and
the club see Brian as the ideal man to lead the development of Doncaster
Rovers as a force both at senior and youth level.”

Fri 3 May, 2013
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