Robins linked with return to Rotherham hot seat

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MARK Robins could be in the frame for a dramatic return to Rotherham United.

Millers chairman Tony Stewart is refusing to rule Robins out of contention as he sets about the task of replacing Andy Scott.

There was some acrimony when Robins was lured away by Barnsley in September 2009 but the pair had enjoyed a good working relationship during a difficult time for the club with Robins managing through administration and then the move to Don Valley.

However, Stewart is sure to be inundated with offers and already the names of Brian Laws, Phil Brown, Peter Reid and Mike Newell are being touted. It appears Gary Megson has ruled himself out. Said Stewart: “It is a crucial point of the season, we’re disappointed we are not pushing for promotion and the board and I felt we needed a change.

“We are moving into a new stadium next season and it was a case of do it now or wait until the end of the season and we decided that we would do it now so we can get a new man in and get prepared for next season.”

“We want to have a look at the options. I don’t have a set type, we have to be open minded,” Stewart added. “I will look at everybody and that includes Mark Robins.”

Assistant manager Darren Patterson takes over for tonight’s game. Previous assistant and also head of Youth at Bristol Rovers, where he had a spell as caretaker-manager, he was brought in by Scott last Summer.

Both tonight’s teams will have someone new in charge as Macclesfield sacked Sheffielder Gary Simpson on Sunday and they have brought in the experienced Brian Horton.

The Millers expect to have Mark Bradley available after a knee injury on Saturday.