Bullen backs former boss for Millers top job

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LEE Bullen is tipping Brian Laws for the vacant managerial position at Rotherham United.

The Star understands ex-Sheffield Wednesday chief Laws is one of the five candidates on the Millers five-man shortlist for the role.

Aged 52, Laws has been out of work since being sacked by Championship club Burnley in December 2010.

He was previously in charge of Wednesday between 2006 and 2009 and enjoyed two stints as the boss of Scunthorpe United.

Bullen, who played under Laws at Hillsborough, told The Star: “Brian could do a tremendous job at Rotherham. If you look at his career, it is probably better to focus on his time at Scunthorpe rather than what he did at Sheffield Wednesday or Burnley. Brian had a lot of success at Scunthorpe who are a club similar in size and stature to Rotherham.

“I know there will be a lot of good candidates for the Rotherham post because it is a tremendous job for someone to get their teeth into. The chairman [Tony Stewart] is desperate for success and they are moving into a new stadium. It is a club who should be in League One.

“There will be no hiding place or excuse when they move into that fantastic arena and I think someone with Brian’s experience and the success he had at Scunthorpe makes it a no-brainer.”

Rotherham chief operating officer Paul Douglas has confirmed caretaker boss Darren Patterson has not applied for the permanent position. The League Two outfit have picked up three points from his two matches in charge.

It is understood 50 people applied for the Millers job and they hope to make an appointment before entertaining Hereford United this weekend.