Dean Saunders 'not frightened' of managing El-Hadji Diouf

Dean Saunders
Saunders has signed El-Hadji Diouf on a three-month contract

Doncaster Rovers boss Dean Saunders says he is not frightened of managing new signing El-Hadji Diouf.

The former Premier League striker has joined Rovers on a three-month contract and is included in the squad to face Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

"I've got to manage him and I'm not frightened of that. I've worked with top players all my career," Saunders told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"He seems like a nice lad to me and he wants to do well."

Saunders, who only joined Rovers in September after leaving Wrexham to replace Sean O'Driscoll, was instrumental in convincing Diouf to move to the Keepmoat Stadium.

The Senegal international had been on trial with Sam Allardyce's West Ham last month and had even been linked with a return to the Premier League before deciding to join Saunders.

Diouf, who has courted controversy throughout his career in England and more recently in Scotland during a spell in the SPL with Rangers, was released from his contract at his previous club Blackburn after failing to report for a pre-season camp in Austria.

"I know the road we're going to take," Saunders continued.

"There's no one bigger than the club and they have to fit into what I want. After conversations with him he's prepared to do that."

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