ROTHERHAM United boss Andy Scott says next season has already started – despite the Millers still having one game of the current campaign remaining.
Scott said he saw last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Aldershot as the first game of the next campaign as the rebuilding begins following the failed push for the play–offs.
He said: “That’s how I looked at it and it was important the players showed they have got the capabilities to do what I want them to do.
“That’s the way we are going to look at every game because every game is an opportunity to achieve.”
The 38-year-old has asked the players to trust in his methods as he looks to boost confidence among the camp.
He said: “There are some good players here but they’ve had some knocks in this second half of the season, their confidence is low.
“But now that’s gone.
“What I’ve said now is ‘look ahead, you are good players, trust me, trust in what I’m trying to do with you’.
“In return I’ll give them all the support I possibly can, I’ll help them out. I’ll fight tooth and nail for them if they do the same for me.”
Scott is still attempting to nail down Ryan Taylor and Nicky Law to new deals, with both out of contract at the end of the season.
He said: “It’s still up in the air with those two.
“We want to keep them here and we’ll do what we can within reason.
“I’ve spoken to both of them about their intentions.
“Hopefully they’ll get to know me, my style and that I’ll do anything for them as long as they give something back.”
Speculation continues to surround striker Adam Le Fondre who netted his 23rd and 24th goals of the campaign at Aldershot.
Le Fondre still has a year left on his deal but has already been linked with a move away from Rotherham, with Sheffield Wednesday the latest club to be linked to his signature.
But Scott insists he will not give up on the striker and aims to make him a better player.
He said: “I told Adam what I wanted and expected and I’m delighted he showed he can do it.
“It was certainly there for all to see at Aldershot.
“He’ll get a programme to work through the summer and be back for pre-season to work hard.
“I’ll get him fitter and make him a better player, show him better runs that will make us a better team and get him on the ball.
“He’s a goalscorer and you can’t give up on them.”
Scott revealed a stroll on the morning of the game was the reason behind Le Fondre’s stark improvement following a disappointing 2011 so far.
He said: “We went for a walk and I told him that he had a clean slate.
“I said I didn’t care about whatever had been said about him, to him and whatever had been done to him. This is a fresh sheet of paper.
“I told him what I wanted and the we saw the outcome.
“I’m telling players to truth with the aim of getting them to do what I want them to do.
“Alf has shown he can do it can I’m delighted by that.”
In their final game of the season, the Millers welcome Torquay United who will seal a play off place with victory - but a draw could be enough, depending on the results of the matches involving Stevenage and Gillingham.