Dean Saunders hopes the winning philosophy ingrained in him during a lifetime association with Liverpool can help move Doncaster away from relegation trouble.

Rovers announced they had placed manager Sean O'Driscoll on gardening leave on Friday morning after taking one point from their first seven league games, leaving them at the foot of the npower Championship table. By contrast, Saunders moves to Yorkshire from Wrexham with the Blue Square Bet Premier outfit level on points with early season pacesetters Luton.

Nevertheless, it is the lessons learnt from his own and his father Roy's careers at Anfield that leads Saunders to believe he is the man to revive fortunes at the Keepmoat Stadium, and he said: "John Toshack was the manager at Swansea when I started and he signed all those players from Liverpool, so all that Liverpool stuff was drummed into me."

He added: "And then I signed for Liverpool, for Graeme Souness. He and Ronnie Moran were on my back and I found that they were telling me the same things my Dad was telling me.

"So my whole philosophy on football stems from the way Liverpool do things. If you look at what Kenny Dalglish is doing it's all about the team, it's not about individuals.

"The training and everything Liverpool do is where I get most of my thoughts from. They haven't done badly, so if there's someone to follow, it's them."

Saunders also explained that a mantra of hard work and commitment while shunning life's excesses will be vital if his newly inherited squad are to avoid relegation.

"It's a simple game football," he added. "A manager's job is to get good players working hard. If you've got all the best players and they don't work hard you haven't got a team.

"I want to win and I've got pride in my performance. When I was playing I had pride in my performance and I expect that from all the players.

"If you've got pride in your performance it overrules everything. You don't have a McDonalds on Friday night or go out drinking beer on Thursday night because it effects how you play. If you've got no pride in your performance then you'll do all those things."

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