DONCASTER Rovers are ready to make Richie Wellens their new boss – and bring back their former midfield dynamo.
Rovers have picked out Wellens ahead of rivals for the vacancy left by Darren Moore’s departure to Sheffield Wednesday.
Wellens played for Rovers at the height of his playing career and leapt at the challenge after leaving Salford a couple of months ago.
He was sacked by the League Two side after showdown talks with owner Gary Neville in March.
Wellens had taken Swindon into League One last season but quit to return to his home town of Manchester.
However, with the ambitious Class of ’92 outfit sitting six points off the play-offs, he was let go.
It came after SunSport exclusively revealed that co-owner Neville had held a huge inquest into Salford’s shaky promotion campaign.
Gary Bowyer then took charge until the end of the season to save their push to go up following Wellens’ sacking.
The tactician secured 20 points from 11 games, but it wasn’t enough and left Salford two points shy of a play-off place.
And this week he has been handed a two-year deal at the club after appearing to be heading back to his role as Derby U-23s boss.
Doncaster have been led by caretaker boss Andy Butler since Moore’s departure in March.
But results have gone against him, with Rovers winning just four of his 18 league games in charge and finishing a disappointing 14th in League One.
He will return to running the Belles side, while Wellens is one of three candidates to be shortlisted for the full-time job.
The former Manchester United starlet, 41, will know his way around the Keepmoat, having played 84 times for Rovers from 2007 to 2009.