DRFC Walker parts company with Rovers
Doncaster Rovers stalwart Mickey Walker has been released from his duties as director of football at the club.
The clubs restructuring plans see Walker leave his position at the club, somewhere he wanted to finish his career. Speaking on the official website , Walker said, "I am 67 and my plan was always to finish my working life with Doncaster Rovers and I am disappointed that I am now not going to be able to do that.
"There is no bitterness in the parting. That is just football.
"I wish Dean and the boys all the best for the coming season."
Walker suffered a health scare earlier this year when he suffered a heart attack in February whilst training at the Rovers gym. He eventually returned to his work duties in May.
Walker spent twelve years at Rovers and he was the assistant to Dave Penney as the club regained their status in the Football League in 2003.
The following season, the duo masterminded the clubs Division Three championship winning side.
They also enjoyed a successful run in the Carling Cup in 2005, where they defeated Premier League big boys Manchester City and Aston Villa on their way to the quarter-finals. Rovers eventually went out to Arsenal on penalties at Belle Vue after Arsenal snatched an equaliser deep into stoppage time in extra time.
Walker took temporary charge of the side following the sacking of Penney in 2006 and they won his first game in charge 2-1 at Port Vale.
The 67 year old was appointed as director of football in 2006 following the arrival of Sean O`Driscoll, the position he held until his release this week.
Walker was awarded a testimonial by the club in 2009 after ten years at the club, as Rovers drew 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Keepmoat.
The larger than life character, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of football, a man who always wears a huge smile on his face will be sorely missed around the Keepmoat.
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