Rotherham United: New boss Stubbs aiming for Millers June recruitment

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The first signings of the Alan Stubbs era should be in place before his Rotherham United squad report back for pre-season training.

The Millers players return from their holidays at the end of this month and the new manager hopes to see the arrival of fresh faces by then.

He was appointed to succeed Neil Warnock only last Thursday but is wasting no time in drawing up his list of targets.

“I have hit the ground running,” he said. “We are already looking at recruitment.

“By the time we come back on June 30, I would like to think that we have made inroads into players that are here.”

The Liverpudlian, who was in charge at Scottish Championship club Hibernian for two seasons, has brought his No 2, John Doolan, to AESSEAL New York Stadium with him.

Alan Stubbs and No 2 John Doolan

Alan Stubbs and No 2 John Doolan

The pair lifted the Scottish FA Cup in their last match at Hibs, in May, and earned a reputation north of the border as a duo who can develop talent.

Stubbs obviously knows the Scottish market well, and there are unconfirmed reports linking him with a move for Celtic striker Anthony Stokes who ended last season on loan at Easter Road, but the new boss will also be casting his net wider.

He has hinted that he will have money to spend in the transfer market if the right players become available to the Championship Millers.

Meanwhile, the 44-year-old, a top-class centre-half in his playing days, outlined his approach to management and coaching.

“I like to work very closely with my players,” he revealed. “I like them to trust me, which I am sure they will do here.”

Stubbs had already talked with Rotherham midfielder and club captain Lee Frecklington before his unveiling as manager.

He added: “I think man-management is a huge thing in football now and I will do whatever I can for them in order to make them better. I need to improve them.”

Stubbs operated in the Premier League for many years and says he was still working on his game as he approached the end of his career with Everton.

“I didn’t stop improving until I retired,” he said. “It might sound crazy but at 33, 34 I was still doing stuff with David Moyes (then Everton manager) on the training pitch that I didn’t think I’d ever be doing.

“That is what I want to do with the players here.”

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