Dean Nicholas Saunders (born 21 June 1964) is a former Welsh international footballer who played as a striker in a professional career which lasted from 1982 until 2001.
On 23 September 2011, Saunders was named manager of Doncaster Rovers following their sacking of Sean O'Driscoll. His first match gave the club their first win of the season and their first in 20 games, when they beat Crystal Palace 1-0. Despite this opening victory a run of poor results saw a section of fans call for Saunders to be sacked as Doncaster remained at the bottom of the league.
His attempts to keep Doncaster in the Championship came to an end on 14 April 2012 as they were relegated following a 4–3 home defeat by Portsmouth at the Keepmoat Stadium, ending their four-year stay in the Championship. In the transfer window Saunders said " I'm going to try and bring the best to the club (Doncaster Rovers) and I'm targeting Championship quality".
On 14 July 2012 Saunders made a brief return to playing as he came off the bench to score in Doncaster's 4-2 friendly victory over Cleethorpes Town.
Following their relegation to League One Saunders oversaw a promotion challenge that has put the club joint top of the division by early January, but on 6 January 2013 Doncaster gave Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers permission to talk to Saunders with the prospect of him becoming the club's new manager