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DRFC O'Driscoll amongst longest servers

Doncaster Rovers boss Sean O`Driscoll is now the longest serving manager in the Championship after the sacking of Cardiff City boss Dave Jones earlier this week.

O`Driscoll has now been in the Rovers hot seat just short of four years and nine months, since taking over from Dave Penney in September 2006.

Only eight managers have currently been in charge of their club longer than O`Driscoll in the top four divisions in England.

Alex Ferguson is a long way clear as the longest serving manager having been at Manchester United since November 1986.

There are only three managers in the Football League, who have been in charge of their club longer. John Coleman at Accrington Stanley is the longest having been with the club since August 1999.

O`Driscoll as enjoyed much success since his arrival at Doncaster.
In his first season, he helped Rovers to their first domestic trophy when they beat Bristol Rovers 3-2 in the Johnstone`s Paint Trophy final.

The following season he guided Rovers to the Championship for the first time in fifty years, with a 1-0 play off final win over Leeds United.

Despite being out muscled by many clubs in the Championship financially, O`Driscoll as maintained Rovers position in the league for three season and only a crippling injury list stopped them making a realistic bid for the play offs this last season.

The team`s excellent passing style of football as earned them the nickname of the 'Arsenal of the Championship`.

O`Driscoll as at least twice had his loyalty tested with the club with Burnley and Sheffield United both trying to lure him away from the Keepmoat.

He is also one of Rovers longest serving managers with only Peter Doherty, Dave Menzies and Billy Bremner managing at the club longer.


Top ten longest serving managers
1 Alex Ferguson (Manchester United) - November 1986
2 Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) - September 1996
3 John Coleman (Accrington Stanley) - August 1999
4 David Moyes (Everton) - March 2002
5 John Still (Dagenham & Redbridge) - April 2004
6 Tony Pulis (Stoke City) - June 2006
7 Paul Tidsdale (Exeter City) - June 2006
8 Mick McCarthy (Wolves) - July 2006
9 Sean O`Driscoll (Doncaster Rovers) - September 2006
10 Kenny Jackett (Millwall) - November 2007

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Writer:DonnyEd
Date:Thursday June 2 2011
Time: 8:00AM

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For somebody who wasn't a popular choice amongst fans when he joined he's done a terrific job and people shouldn't underestimate what he's achieved in the past three season keeping Rovers in the Championship.
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