Crisis talks for Millers main men?

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MANAGER Ronnie Moore and chairman Tony Stewart look set for crisis talks over Rotherham United’s faltering bid for automatic promotion from League Two.

The recent poor away record, five points from a possible 30, climaxed with the humiliating 5-0 defeat at leaders Chesterfield on Friday.

Stewart, who left the directors’ box late in the second half but was still at the ground at the end, is understand to be very unhappy over the recent slide and some of the performances.

Friday’s result, the circumstances, the manner and size of the defeat, only added to the growing pressure on Moore who has been at the helm for 18 months and was charged with delivering promotion this season after last May’s Play-off Final near miss.

“Managers are under pressure and, as manager here, I was under pressure from day one but we are still in there with a chance of going up,” said Moore.

After his scathing criticism of the team in the emotional aftermath on Friday night, Moore immediately began talking about moving on and looking ahead to another Friday night away game at Lincoln this week.

Stewart set a target of promotion this season and is demanding it is met and it is understood concerns have been raised in recent times as the team have slid away from the second place they occupied in early January.

Although manager-chairman dialogue is common, any meeting in the wake of this latest, crushing setback could well be of a more serious nature and Moore, whilst obviously wanting only to have the chance to finish the job, has been around long enough to know that recent results have not been good enough and therefore questions will be raised about his position.

No manager likes that and he walked away when asked about it on Friday.

*Millers reflection: See P26.