After last season’s remarkable survival in England’s second tier, Rotherham United have raised some eyebrows over their decision to part ways with former gaffer Steve Evans. It was announced yesterday morning, with the club releasing a fairly broad statement. During his blistering 3 year stint at the New York Stadium, he saw himself raise the clubs profile in English football, with 2 back to back promotions from League Two straight to the Championship. With a 41% win ratio under the helm, it’s unarguable to question whether or not he’s one of Rotherham’s most successful managers ever.
Leaving The Millers 20th in the championship, on the back of 2 successive victories against Cardiff and Birmingham respectively, the question is what next for Rotherham? Has it come at a bad time, or are the club thinking about it’s future? Most importantly, who will be the next man to face up to the challenge of keeping the football club in the 2nd tier.
Stuart Gray (Odds – 4/1)
With minor managerial experience, the former Wednesday man was sacked unexpectedly in the summer. Having maintained Sheffield Wednesday as a Championship club, Gray has the acquired experience to take most struggling teams forward, however will Rotherham be the ones? With 4/1 odds, it’ll be interesting to see what decision the club makes.
Neil Redfearn (Odds – 8/1)
This candidate will be sure to make people question it, however Mr Leeds United recently resigned from the United academy team. With knowledge of the league and strong connections to the club, he could very well be the man for the job at stake. None the less, will Redfearn be a step up from Evans?
Neil Warnock (Odds – 12/1)
During his 35 year managerial career, Neil Warnock is undoubtedly the biggest profile name on the odds list and could be a real eye opener for Rotherham fans. Having spent time at the helm at 13 different clubs, ranging from the conference to the highest level in the Premier League, this appointed is one that would make complete sense and achievable. As for the 66 year old, I’m sure he’ll want to get back into management and what better place than his hometown.
Neil McDonald (Odds – 18/1)
It’s a hat trick of Neil’s, however this individuals appointment could very well cause massive distraught amongst Fans. Currently in charge of Blackpool, who’s current state of affairs are at the lowest in recent history, the 49-year-old’s team is bottom of League One. Without judging from results this campaign, it’s fair to say McDonald hasn’t got much managerial experience, especially at Championship level so if he were to be appointed, I’m afraid The Millers would find themselves in a losing battle week in, week out.
Consisting of many names, the current odds shortlist is packed densely with big named managers who should all be given the opportunity to take the club forward, however the club’s board won’t be hasty with their decision and will implement many factors before making an appointment. Its safe to say the club are in a great position. In England’s second tier with a great fan base and history, any manager would be sure to snap up the job despite their league position. Keep an eye out over the next week or so for an appointment, it’ll sure be interesting.