Great Scott, he’s back

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NEWLY appointed Rotherham United manager Andy Scott has history with South Yorkshire.

He started his playing career at non-league Sutton United before being snapped up by Sheffield United for £50,000 in 1992.

Scott, who was predominantly a striker in his playing days but could also operate on the wing, went on to make 87 appearances in all competitions at Bramall Lane, scoring 11 goals.

Five years later, he then moved to Brentford and plundered 73 goals in 143 outings. Scott also turned out for Oxford United and Leyton Orient before he was forced to hang up his boots in 2005 after being diagnosed with a heart problem.

Having worked briefly as youth team manager at Orient, Scott landed the assistant manager role at Brentford. After the Bees parted company with Terry Butcher in December 2007, Scott was given the job on a permanent basis.

Having successfully steered the club away from relegation trouble, the Epsom-born man led Brentford to the League Two title in his first full season at the helm in 2008/09. Scott then masterminded a ninth-placed finish in the club’s first year in League One.

However, Scott and assistant Terry Bullivant were axed two months ago after a string of poor results left the Bees hovering just above the drop zone. His record at Brentford reads P: 168, W64, D55, L49.

Scott, whose brother is former Millers defender Rob, now joint-manager of Grimsby Town alongside Paul Hurst, had been linked with the managerial post at old club Sheffield United just before Christmas. It is thought the Blades made an official approach for Scott following Gary Speed’s departure.

Last night, the 38-year-old agreed a three-year deal at Rotherham United and will now take the reins with the club four points adrift of the top seven in the wake of an alarming run of just two wins from 10 matches.

They entertain 19th placed Hereford United at the Don Valley Stadium on Saturday, knowing three points is essential if the club are to keep alive their slender hopes of qualifying for the end of season play-offs.