Rotherham United: New Millers boss Neil Redfearn making his mark

Neil Redfearn
Neil Redfearn

The results have yet to do Neil Redfearn justice, but the influence of Rotherham United’s new manager is already being felt, says goalkeeper Lee Camp.

Redfearn has made a big impression on the Millers in his two weeks in charge, even though the club remain in the Championship drop zone.

“He’s had a good impact,” Camp said. “The results haven’t reflected that, but I can certainly assure you that he’s stamped his authority on us.”

The new boss faced an opening spell of three matches in six days which brought a 2-1 defeat at Brentford, a 1-1 home draw with promotion contenders Reading and a 2-1 derby defeat against Sheffield Wednesday at AESSEAL New York Stadoum last Friday.

And Camp says Redfearn, who is looking to reinforce his squad with loan signings, needs time to lead the Millers out of the bottom three.

“He’s very thorough in what he wants to do, he’s very clear in his approach, and it’s been very positive,” the shot-stopper said.

Lee Camp

Lee Camp

“It’s going to take a little while but, unfortunately, with the position that we’re in and the way results have been, we haven’t got that long to turn things around.”

Redfearn’s short reign has seen a marked upturn in performances, with more accent on youth - five of the players who started against the Royals and Owls were 22 or under.

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“He’s made it very clear what he expects, how he wants his team to play,” Camp added. “It’s unfortunate that what he’s trying to do, what we’re trying to do on the training ground, hasn’t quite come out in the games as of yet

“It’s come out in little bits, in little spells, but I think we’re in a bit of a transitional period in trying to take on the manager’s information and get out there on the pitch.”

Redfearn spoke after Friday’s derby about his team lacking firepower and had no complaints about the result.

His squad have suffered cruel luck with injuries since his appointment and midfielders Joe Newell and Lee Frecklington, left-back Joe Mattock and attacker Danny Ward, all first-team requlars, were all unavailable against Carlos Carvalhal’s men.

Camp said of the Owls: “If you look throughout the side, they’ve obviously invested well, recruited well in the summer, and I thought they were a good side.”

Meanwhile, centre-half Richard Wood has joined League One Chesterfield on loan until January 23.

The 31-year-old defender, who hasn’t featured for the Millers all season, has just completed a month-long spell at Fleetwood Town.