Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson is an admirer of the work Darrell Clarke has done at Bristol Rovers he says.
The two Rovers sides face each other today in League One at Keepmoat Stadium.
The Gas are unbeaten in 2018 and Ferguson, the son of the famous former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, is weary of the threat the Pirates pose to his side who are just one point but three places better off in the table.
Talking to the Doncaster Rovers website he said: “We are coming up against teams in form, Plymouth were similar, I like Bristol Rovers as a team, they have a good manager and I like the way he plays.
“It was a really tight affair at their place, they are a team that has good energy and they are aggressive, they have hit a bit of form of late because they have been consistent,” he said.
“They went a ridiculous amount of time without drawing a game, then the game after we played them they drew, and then against Blackpool they drew, they played very well against Bradford in a 3-1 win and they will have a lot of confidence coming into this game.”
“Saturday is not a must win game but it would be nice to round the month off with three points,” he said.
Doncaster Rovers have appointed Darren Ferguson as their manager in succession to Paul Dickov.
A statement on the club’s website read: “Doncaster Rovers football club are delighted to announce the appointment of Darren Ferguson as first-team manager.
“Ferguson has previously managed Preston North End and Peterborough United where he achieved back-to-back promotions from League Two to the Championship including an automatic promotion in 2009.
“Ferguson joins Rovers with an outstanding win ratio of 42% which is sure to excite the home faithful.”
Rovers, who play their fellow League One strugglers Bradford on Saturday, had been searching for a manager since Dickov was sacked in early September, with Rob Jones having stepped in as caretaker.
Fergsuon said of Jones: “I had a good chat with him last night. He’s a top pro and I’ll expect that to stay the same – he’ll remain Under-21s coach.”
The 43-year-old added: “I’m delighted to be here, it’s an exciting challenge. It’s a sound football club and my aims match those of the board. Being out for six months gives you time to reflect, learn and take that in to your next job. League One is anyone’s.”
Doncaster won just once in six games under Jones, leaving Ferguson tasked with steering the club up from 20th in the table. He has been out of work since parting company with Peterborough for the second time in February.