Rotherham United: Break ideal for Millers boss hunt

Danny Collins
Danny Collins

Defender Danny Collins believes the international break is the perfect time for Rotherham United to be conducting their search for a new manager.

The Millers are without a match until a week on Saturday and could have their next boss in place within a matter of days.

That would present the chosen candidate with the opportunity to meet and assess the squad he will inherit from previous incumbent Steve Evans well before the Championship clash at Brentford on October 17.

“If the new manager comes in, it gives him chance to work with the players, get to know the players, before we play again,” Collins said.

The 35-year-old admits he and his teammates have been watching the situation with interest, but are focused on their training under first-team coach and stand-in manager Eric Black.

“The boys have had a look at the odds in the last few days and seen who’s been linked to the job, the favourites and stuff,” he said.

“But, as a playing staff, our job is to get on with things on the training ground and to try to do the job on the pitch.”

The players enjoy the sessions put on by Black, and Collins, who has worn the captain’s armband since skipper Lee Frecklington was injured, says spirits around their Roundwood base are high despite Evans’ shock exit.

“After back-to-back wins and with us having turned a corner, it came out of the blue really,” the centre-half said.

“But there’s a good atmosphere around the place at the minute and hopefully that continues after the international break.

“Blacky has taken training well and we’ve had some good sessions. I’ve worked with Blacky before up at Sunderland. He’s a great coach. If you ask any lads who’ve worked with him, he’s a top. top coach.

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“I’ve certainly enjoyed working under him. He tells it as it is.”

The Millers have drawn up their managerial shortlist and are conducting interviews this week.

Rotherham performed well in Black’s first match in charge, a 2-1 defeat against Burnley last Friday, but had won their previous two games to move out of the drop zone.

And Collins, a summer arrival under Evans, is adamant the squad should be looking to do better than last year when the Millers secured their second-tier survival, after a Football League three-point deduction, in the final week of the campaign.

“Rotherham’s priority last season was obviously to stay in the league. For the players, our ambition this year has got to be bigger than that,” he said.

“We got off to a bad start but we got ourselves out of the bottom three and had we beaten Burnley we’d have been sitting in 13th place or something like that.”