Rotherham United: McCarthy wary of Millers threat

Jordan Bowery
Jordan Bowery

Rival Championship boss Mick McCarthy has revealed Rotherham United are one of the teams he fears next season.

McCarthy is determined to see his Ipswich Town side pushing for a play-off spot after finishing ninth last year.

But he acknowledged the Tractor Boys face a tough test and says the Millers are a team to look out for.

“Rotherham have come up from League One. I thought they were a good side last season and they’ve spent a few quid,” said the 55-year-old.

“I see Wolves as a threat as they totalled over 100 points in League One last season and Kenny Jackett has put a good, young team together,” he said.

“He’s re-signed Stears (Richard Stearman) as a bit of experience in the team. They are a big club with big support and they will be a threat.

“The lads coming down, Norwich, Fulham and Cardiff, will all have good squads, depending on who they lose, and will be in a position to buy, so it is going to be hard.”

Manager Steve Evans has brought in 10 players since the Millers achieved successive promotions by winning the League One Play-off Final in May, having already signed Conor Newton on the eve of the Wembley showdown with Leyton Orient.

Despite McCarthy’s claim, only one new arrival has cost Rotherham a fee.

They broke their transfer record to prise ex-Chesterfield striker Jordan Bowery from Premier League Aston Villa, but all the other signings have been free agents.

Icelandic left-winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who was a target for Rotherham, has joined Charlton.

Evans’ men play the first match of their Scottish tour when they face Greenock Morton, kick-off 3pm. The players travelled north of the border on Thursday.

Rotherham’s opponents on August 9 opening day, Derby County, have signed defender Cyrus Christie from Coventry City for an undisclosed fee.