Ryan holds O'Driscoll hope at Rovers

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Chairman John Ryan has reiterated his belief that Sean O'Driscoll will remain at Doncaster despite ongoing talks with managerless Sheffield United.

O'Driscoll's successful four years at the Keepmoat Stadium prompted the Blades, who recently saw manager Gary Speed leave to take the Wales job, to request permission to speak to the 53-year-old, with the two parties beginning talks on Monday. But, despite the interest, Ryan is confident O'Driscoll will choose to remain at Doncaster.

"He has had some talks with Sheffield United, but I'm confident he will stay with us," Ryan told Skysports News. "He has the opportunity to do well with us and we are only a few points off the play-offs."

He added: "We gave him his break and I know Sean respects us for that. We have good players and a good chance to push for promotion in the second half of the season. We backed him as a board, bought him Billy Sharp and allowed him to bring in loan players.

"I hope he looks at pros and cons and comes down on our side. "

Despite his unrelenting faith, Ryan admits it will be difficult to stand in the former Bournemouth boss' way should he decide his future lies at Bramall Lane.

"I dont think there is any option, if he wants to leave, you have to let him go but that's not the case," he added.

Ryan also revealed his frustration with the length of time Sheffield United have taken to approach O'Driscoll, before suggesting a sizeable compensation package will be required should the move go through.

"The time it's taken is a bit annoying - I think Sheffield United should have got on with it or forgotten about it," he said.

"Sheffield United are fully aware of compensation because to lose a manger mid-season would be a big blow for us, and he is one of the hottest prospects around at the moment, so the money would be considerable. But I hope Sean will turn around and say 'forget about it'."

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