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FORMER Rotherham United coach and player Andy Liddell is backing the club to win the League Two title next season.

Now the fitness coach at Ipswich Town, Liddell regularly keeps an eye on his former employers and feels Steve Evans’ side are in pole position to take the honours.

“I fully expect Rotherham, with the squad they have, got to win the league next year,” Liddell, 38, told The Star.

“With the squad they had this year ,they should have got promotion but ofcourse it doesn’t always work out that way.

“With the wage budget they will have and a manager who knows the league I will be amazed if they’re not in the top three.”

Liddell, a former Sheffield United forward, has been impressed with the attacking acquisitions of Daniel Nardiello and Kayode Odejayi and believes the prospect of playing in the New York Stadium is one the best players at that level won’t be able to turn down. “It’s a big thing (the new stadium) and players will want to play there week in, week out,” he said.

“The chairman has put a lot of money into it and I know they’re speaking to better quality players and the ones they have brought in already are good.

“They have got the spending power and I’m sure they will be short odds to win the league.”

Liddell also believes it was a good move to keep Paul Warne on the books in a coaching capacity.

“Warney has been a fantastic servant to Rotherham United and he really has ran himself into the ground for the club,” said Liddell.

“It’s amazing how he was still playing at the age he’s at and he’s put his body through pain to get there.

“And believe me he could still play at that level and do a job.

“I enjoyed the brief spell that we were in charge.”