Matters to solve on pitch and off it

No luck: Burton keeper Ross Atkins wins the ball despite a challenge from the Millers' Lewis Grabban. picture: dean atkins
No luck: Burton keeper Ross Atkins wins the ball despite a challenge from the Millers' Lewis Grabban. picture: dean atkins
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JUST a short time after everything seemed to be going so well, Rotherham United have things to sort out both on and off the field.

The team’s third successive defeat - without a goal scored - means it’s one win in the last seven league games and they have slipped from being top of the table to 11th.

It is hardly in the bracket of being termed a disastrous decline but it has surprised many people, not least those who saw how results were going on the season’s opening month.

They now have three away games in their next four and head for Bristol Rovers on Friday with the goal concession having crept up but having scored no goals in the last three league games.

Manager Andy Scott - L2’s manager of the Month for August - says he wants to bring at least one new signing in.

Off the field there have been departures including the impending loss of Commercial Director Steve Coakley, a huge blow and one which leaves chairman Tony Stewart with big shoes to fill in what amounts to an important selection of a replacement.

Coakley, highly-regarded within his sphere, has been head-hunted by Sheffield United whose new chief executive Julian Winter worked with him during Coakley’s five years at Sheffield Wednesday whom he left to join Rotherham in June 2009.

Although still in his mid-30s, Coakley has near enough 20 years’ experience in the football industry which includes a 12 year spell at Derby County.

During that time he was involved in Derby’s move to Pride Park, and experiences from that move have obviously been valuable in view of Rotherham’s move to a new stadium in which he has been heavily involved.

The loss will be a blow for Stewart, who had dealt with Coakley previously in a business capacity.

Aside from the club’s chief operating officer Paul Douglas, Coakley offered experience of the workings within a football club and within the world of football, experience limited amongst the club’s board.