Date: 28th May 2008 at 10:42am
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John Ryan saw all the hard work that he has put into the club since becoming Doncaster chairman bare yet more fruit after they gained promotion to the Championship after beating Leeds in the League One play-off on Sunday.

Ryan has hailed the achievement by the club, calling Sean O’Driscoll ‘the Arsene Wenger of League One’, something that he has now changed to ‘of the Championship’: ‘It is an incredible achievement and it just shows you what you can do in football,’ Ryan told BBC Sport. ‘Sean has done a fantastic job. He is understated and doesn’t like the limelight but I call him the Arsene Wenger of League One.

‘He’ll have to be the Sean O’Driscoll of the Championship now though.’

Only five-years ago Doncaster were playing non-league football, now they are in the Championship after three promotions in these five-years, a remarkable achievement in anyone’s books, Ryan added: ‘Five years ago we were in non-league football and Leeds were playing in the Premier League. David beat Goliath here and I think quite deservedly too.

‘I can’t imagine another team has gone from the Conference to the Championship as quickly as we have.’

It has been an astonishing rise through the ranks, and who would bet against Donny playing Premier League football in the future? The way that they play I think they will more than hold their own in the Championship next season.

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