Football: Doncaster lay off coaches

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DONCASTER ROVERS, who are 12 points adrift at the bottom of the Third Division, have laid off their coaches, Dave Cowling and Paul Ward, as part of a series of cutbacks.

The manager, Mark Weaver, has told the players they are only required to turn up on matchdays because there would be nobody to coach them for the rest of the week.

Cowling and Ward had both been working with the first team. The former Stockport and Rotherham boss Danny Bergara will stay on at the club to coach the juniors.

Rovers have also agreed settlements with players Simon Island and Darren Utley to cancel their contracts while their former skipper Ian Gore could also be set to leave.