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By ESPN Staff

Doncaster fear Keegan brush-off

Doncaster chairman John Ryan remains hopeful of appointing Kevin Keegan as the club's new manager - but admits the former England boss might tell him to 'get lost'.

Rovers parted company with Dave Penney last week and have yet to start interviewing for his replacement.

However, Ryan appears keen to install Keegan, who was born locally, and intends to speak with the 55-year-old this week.

Keegan announced he would retire from football management after leaving Manchester City last year.

Ryan concedes his prospects of making an appointment could hinge on whether Keegan still feels emotionally drawn to the club he supported as a boy.

'I have not spoken to him yet but it might be a challenge for him if he is interested in coming back into football,' Ryan told BBC Radio Five Live.

'You never know with Kevin. Kevin is his own man and he'll make his own mind up.

'He'll probably tell me to get lost but that's life.

'He's from Doncaster, he used to support Doncaster Rovers as a child and I know he's always had a bit of affinity for us, so you never know.'

The club move into their new purpose-built stadium at the end of the year, and Ryan is hopeful of launching a promotion push from League One, ideally with Keegan at the helm.

Ryan added: 'He has great enthusiasm and drive and we have a new stadium coming in three months' time that could give us an opportunity to play with the big boys if we can just get up there.'

Keegan has managed at League One level previously, leading Fulham to promotion in 1999 before departing to take up the England job.