Rotherham United: Ex-Blade may be in Millers frame

Bruno Ribeiro
Bruno Ribeiro

A former Sheffield United player could be among the candidates vying for the vacant hot-seat at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Rotherham United have finalised their shortlist after the departure of previous boss Steve Evans.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Portuguese Bruno Ribeiro, who was a midfielder for the Blades between 1999 and 2001, may be one of the men being interviewed by chairman Tony Stewart and other members of the board this week.

Ex-Leeds boss Neil Redfearn remains a favourite for the role, but there were around a dozen expressions of interest from abroad in the 60-plus applications the Millers received and Stewart isn’t against the idea of appointing a foreign manager.

Ribeiro has managed in the top flight and lower leagues in his home country since quitting playing in 2010 while his last job was earlier this year in Bulgaria where he was in charge of Ludogarets for a short spell.

The 39-year-old is from Setubal - the same town as Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho - and he spent time at Real Madrid when Mourinho was managing the Spanish giants.

Steve Evans

Steve Evans

One-time Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink appears to have committed his immediate future to Burton Albion after taking the club from League Two to the top of League One, with the Brewers saying they have rejected an approach from an unnamed club to speak to their manager.

Hasselbaink is known to have been interested in the Rotherham job in the past.

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Burton chairman Ben Robinson said: “I discussed the approach with Jimmy and his response was to say that he was very flattered and grateful for the opportunity but he feels that this would not be the right option for him at this time.”

Ex-Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray is keen on a return to football at New York while St Johnstone’s Tommy Wright, who has a good reputation in Scotland, likes the idea of a move to South Yorkshire.

But neither is thought to be at the front of the queue as the Millers close in on their new man.

Meanwhile, Evans is alcontemplating a return to game, a week after parting company with the Millers.

The former manager said he was feeling “positive” and was in demand, adding: “I am now ready for my next challenge in football.”

Evans led the Millers to two successive promotion and then kept the club in the Championship, after previous club Crawley also went up twice in two years.

“My last five seasons in football management have included four promotions and retaining Championship status,” he said.

“For me, the best achievement of the five was retaining our status in the Championship.

“When there is knowledge, organisation, team spirit and desire, plus a clear plan, much against the odds can be achieved.”