Rotherham United: New structure has board appeal for Millers boss Neil Redfearn

Neil Redfearn
Neil Redfearn

Neil Redfearn says Rotherham United’s new technical board is giving him access to all areas of the club.

The team boss is a key man on the panel which meets regularly to discuss all aspects of the Millers organisation.

Neil Redfearn and Tony Stewart

Neil Redfearn and Tony Stewart

“To be honest with you, it’s really healthy because you get things out there,” Redfearn said. “The bottom line is, we all want the same thing. We all want Rotherham United to be successful.

“I think it’s good you share views, and you get to know different backgrounds of the club and how they affect other areas. As manager, it’s important I know everything and I’m kept in the picture - and vice versa with other members of the club.”

Other board members include chairman Tony Stewart, vice-chairman Richard Stewart, chief operating officer Paul Douglas, commercial boss Steve Coakley and head of recruitment Gee Evans.

Transfers are talked about once potential arrivals and departures have been identified by new manager Redfearn.

“It works really well,” the manager added, “We’re trying to build a side that’s capable of competing in the Championship. At the moment, the league table suggests we’re just a side that fights to stay in the Championship.

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“We’ve got to get past that. We’ve got to get to the next level. Having a technical board is part of that process of getting where we need to be.”

Meanwhile, Rotherham, next to bottom in the Championship, have three players back from injury and available for tomorrow’s league trip to Derby County.

Midfielder Joe Newell, attacker Danny Ward and left-back Joe Mattock are all fit again, confirmed Redfearn, and skipper Lee Frecklington is “not too far away” after a calf problem.

Newell, Ward and midfield man Frecklington have yet to play for their new boss.

Loan centre-half Farrend Rawson is ineligible to play against his parent club, which could mean a first start of the season for Kirk Broadfoot who missed the opening 10 games because of a ban.