Rotherham United: Millers on brink of naming new boss

Neil Redfearn
Neil Redfearn

Rotherham United are likely to have their new manager in place by early next week.

The Millers are believed to have narrowed down their choice to two contenders and, after the completion of interviews, are set to make their final choice today or over the weekend. An official announcement could come at any time.

Dean Smith

Dean Smith

Former Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn has remained a front-runner since Steve Evans’ departure a week last Monday, while bookmakers have cut the odds on Hibs manager Alan Stubbs being the new man.

A Championship club, thought to be Rotherham, had an approach to talk to Dean Smith rejected by Walsall, and it appears Smith has accepted he will be staying with the Saddlers.

“The club has said no so that lets me get on with my job,” the former Sheffield Wednesday player said. It’s been rejected and for me that makes it a little bit easier.”

Portuguese Bruno Ribeiro, a former Sheffield United midfielder, has been keen on the role, and his camp believe he will end up in England at some stage, even if his destination isn’t AESSEAL New York Stadium.

Bruno Ribeiro

Bruno Ribeiro

“It’s only a matter of time,” said his No 2, Andy Smith, an-ex Northern Ireland international who was at Bramall Lane at the same time as Ribeiro who has managed clubs in his homeland and Bulgaria. “Tactically, he’s very smart, very clever.

“He worked as a coach under Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid. Bruno has a fantastic reputation in Portugal.”

First-team coach Eric Black has been in caretaker charge this week and has overseen training.

Meanwhile, Fleetwood Town boss Steve Pressley hopes that Rotherham’s new man will be open to allowing Millers defender Richard Wood to remain on loan at Highbury Stadium.

“We might be in a position where we want to extend, but the new manager at Rotherham might want Wood back so he can assess him, “ he said.

Pressley joined the Cod Army only this week, but knows Wood from their time together at Coventry City.

“Wood’s got a good presence, he’s a terrific character,” he said

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“He was at Coventry when I arrived at the club. He’d been out for a period with injuries and his wages were rather high so I had to get rid of him.

“But he was a great character, and it was good to see him when I came in here.”

The 30-year-old centre-half has made three appearances so far for the League One outfit

“He’s a terrific professional and he has real pride in his job, and that has to filter down to the young players,” Pressley said.

“Having experienced players in your club isn’t the important thing.

“It’s having good, experienced players - and he falls into that category.”