Rotherham United: Millers close in on Kenny Jackett

Kenny Jackett
Kenny Jackett

Kenny Jackett is Rotherham United’s first-choice candidate as they waste no time in their bid to name a new manager.

The Star understands an announcement confirming the 54-year-old as the successor to sacked Alan Stubbs could be made as soon as tomorrow.

The former Wolves boss is an experienced campaigner in the Championship, having been in charge of the Molineux outfit and, before that, Millwall in the second tier.

That kind of background is a key requirement as the Millers look to reverse a disastrous start to their season.

He faces a tough job at New York Stadium, with Rotherham in bottom spot and six points adrift of safety after 13 matches, but has enjoyed success throughout his managerial career.

The ex-Watford player has led Swansea City, Millwall and Wolves to promotions while Watford also went up twice when he was a coach there.

He managed the Lions in the Championship for three seasons between 2010 and 2013 and had two years there with Wolves from 2014 to 2016 before leaving the Midlands club in the summer.

Kevin Blackwell and Steve Cotterill are other names to have been mentioned, but Jackett is Rotherham’s top target.

Blackwell, who was Millers assistant manager and coach during Neil Warnock’s survival miracle last season, is now in the same role under Warnock at Cardiff City, while Cotterill has been without a club since being fired by Bristol City last term.

Rotherham parted company with Stubbs only yesterday, a day after a sixth successive defeat, 4-2 at Birmingham City, which was also a seventh straight away loss since the start of the 2016/17 campaign.

Jackett would be the fifth man to fill the hot-seat in 14 months, after Steve Evans, Neil Redfearn, Warnock and Stubbs.

He should have room to bring in his own backroom staff as No 2 John Doolan and first-team coach Andy Holden left with Stubbs.

If an announcement is made tomorrow, Jackett may watch Saturday’s home clash with Reading from the stands before an official unveiling on Monday.

Until an appointment, fitness coach Paul Warne and goalkeeping coach Andy Dibble are in charge of first-team affairs.

Meanwhile, fans are being advised to take their seats early for the Reading match as matchday host and ex-player John Breckin brings back many of the famous 1980/81 Division Three Championship side to Rotherham.

Breckin will be joined on Saturday by the likes of Tony Towner, Mick Gooding, Ray Mountford and John Green, all of whom will be presented to fans 15 minutes before kick-off.

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