Rotherham United: Millers revamp recruitment system

Alan Stubbs
Alan Stubbs

Rotherham United are about to see a “transformation” in the way they identify transfer targets, manager Alan Stubbs has revealed.

The Millers are advertising for a head of recruitment and already have names on their shortlist.

Stubbs believes the club are playing “catch-up” because of failings in the old system before his appointment as boss in June.

“We’ve got a couple of candidates in mind and an advert has also gone out for people to apply,” the 44-year-old told The Star. “That is up and running as we speak.

“It will be for someone to put in a structure for recruitment - a scouting system, more scouts. It does need an overhaul, a transformation from what it’s been in the past.

“Rightly or wrongly, the old system worked for the club in League Two and League One, but in the Championship there is no margin for error. It’s a whole new ball game.

“Right now, everybody has got a lead in the race for recruitment and we are severely playing catch-up.”

Stubbs wants to see lists of potential signings drawn up months in advance, with each player on the Millers’ radar selected because he is suitable to the club’s particular needs in his position. That would reduce the risk of wrong decisions being made late in transfer windows through lack of preparation.

The move to appoint a new recruitment chief isn’t a reaction to Rotherham’s activity in the transfer market this summer under their new boss.

It is part of a long-term strategy the manager began to put in place shortly after his arrival at New York Stadium. The previous head of recruitment, Gee Evans, left the club a within weeks of Stubbs taking the hot-seat.

Stubbs added: “Looking at the division now, it’s an area where the club has been left behind. One of the most important areas in football is recruitment. You can’t just go by not having specific targets for months ahead.”

The advert on the Millers’ website talks of the new recruitment supremo being “criticial” to the club’s future success.

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