Rotherham United: Boss Neil Redfearn considers basic approach to revive Millers

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Boss Neil Redfearn could take his Rotherham United squad back to basics as he looks to find a way to lift them off the foot of the Championship table.

The Millers are in bottom spot in the second tier and the new manager has the fortnight-long international break to work with his players before they return to league action.

Harry Toffolo

Harry Toffolo

The 50-year-old was brought in to lead a long-term project to rebuild the club and take them in a new direction after the Steve Evans era, but knows he needs to put points on the board as quickly as possible after last Saturday’s 5-2 home loss to Ipswich Town.

“Maybe we have got to uncomplicate it totally and make it about the work ethic and making it about competing and getting up and down the pitch,” he said.

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“We have got to instill some confidence back in them. We have got to pick them up. We have got a two-week period now before we play Leeds United.

“We can’t change everything. We have got to work with the boys we have got.”

Rotherham have trialists training with them this week.

The Millers boss is still searching for his first win after a punishing start which has seen all six of his matches come against opposition now in the division’s top 11.

“It’s been a tough old run of games,” he said. “I’m not making excuses.

“We are fragile and have caught teams, at a bad time, that are really in form.”

Redfearn wants to keep left-back Harry Toffolo beyond his loan spell which runs out during the international break.

Toffolo has started every game since making his debut in the 1-1 home draw with Reading on October 20 and has played in defence and midfield.

The Norwich City 20-year-old initially joined the club for a month.

“We are trying to renew it,” Redfearn said. “Harry has done okay.”