Kenny Jackett resigns – It gets worse for Rotherham United

TFF’s George Sanders examines the situation at Rotherham United following the shock resignation of manager Kenny Jackett and the possible ways for the club to move forward from this situation.

In a shock official club statement yesterday at around 6pm, Rotherham United announced that manager Kenny Jackett had resigned following the 2-1 loss to Leeds.

After a mere 39 days in charge, Jackett has left the club struggling at the bottom of the Championship, winning no games and drawing only once – against Ipswich – during his tenure.

The reason he departed is not exactly clear. One rumour that is being discussed on social media is a disagreement between Jackett and the board over transfer funds.

I understand his resignation came after a board meeting this morning where January’s budget/transfer kitty was discussed. #rufc

— Jonathan Veal (@jonathandveal83) 28 November 2016

What is for certain, though, is that this was an unwanted surprise for many supporters and players. Current Notts County and former Rotherham goalkeeper Adam Collin tweeted his amazement at the predicament:

Wow Kenny Jacket left Rotherham already??!! Wow!!

— Adam Collin (@AdCollin) 28 November 2016

A few former Rotherham players’ names are being tossed around for the vacancy, as well as some more well-known managerial figures like current bookies’ favourite and former West Bromwich Albion manager, Tony Mowbray.

One former player mentioned by supporters as a possible candidate is fans’ favourite and former centre back Guy Branston. Branston expressed his eagerness to snap up such an opportunity should it arise, and displayed his fondness towards the club, as he tweeted:

Don’t put my arm through a refs for nothing… Love the club and the place #RUFC let’s keep it going in the right direction!!

— Guy Branston (@Brano1979) 28 November 2016

Personally I feel like the appointment of someone like Branston, who has a real passion for the club, would be a great decision. It would surely liven up the football club for the right reasons.

Of course whoever gets the job will face a near impossible task to keep the Millers up this season but, in the meantime at least, I believe the appointment of someone who shows desire and knows the club well would re-engage the many disenchanted supporters.

The club currently sits 11 points adrift from safety, has a handful of injuries to key players, and to top it off they now have to embark on a hunt for a new manager.

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