Rotherham United: New Millers manager Neil Redfearn happy with backroom bonding

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Rotherham United boss Neil Redfearn has revealed he and new No 2 Eric Black are already working closely together ... just as he expected they would.

Redfearn was officially unveiled as Millers manager on Monday and was happy to arrive without any of his own staff because he knew quality people were already in place.

Eric Black

Eric Black

“What we have got is good staff, that’s the most important thing first and foremost,” said the 50-year-old who was in charge at Leeds United last season.

“They understand the football club. They understand how it works and a lot of the people have been here through the success, which is another good thing.

“Really, it was a decision that was an easy one to make. I knew them on the circuit and have come across them at previous clubs I have been at. They always had good reputations.

Black has been promoted from first-team coach to assistant manager, while fitness guru Paul Warne, goalkeeping coach Andy Dibble and academy chief Garreth Barker are remaining in their posts.

Neil Redfearn and Tony Stewart

Neil Redfearn and Tony Stewart

“I have a good rapport and banter with Eric,” Redfearn said. “He is obviously a football man. He understands the game. We have got similar ideas on what needs to be done and how we need to play.

Click here for more Millers news “It is a real plus because having a man of that experience beside you is a big help.”

Redfearn watched Black take training on Monday before becoming more involved on Tuesday morning when the Millers were planning an 11 v 11 practice match, and on Tuesday afternoon he was a spectator as a young reserve side lose 3-2 against Hartlepool, with Jerry Yates and Kuda Muskwe.

In the last three seasons, Rotherham have won back-to-back promotions and achieved Championship survival, and Redfearn is glad he took his time after leaving Elland Road before impressing chairman Tony Stewart enough to be offered the hot-seat at the 21st-placed second-tier outfit.

“I had a couple of opportunities but I didn’t want to jump in at the first thing,” he said. “I wanted to give myself the best chance to get a proper opportunity, and this is what Rotherham represents. I think, in the end, patience was the right virtue.

“This definitely appealed right away. You look at the predicament of where we are in the league, but the bottom line is there are only 10 games gone. What you have got look at is past that and where we are in terms of the development of the club, the stadium, the board and the enthusiasm they have got for it because of the recent success.

“It’s a good place to be, no two ways about it. It’s a great opportunity. It’s a fantastic football club. There are state-of-the-art facilities, the stadium is fantastic and it is a feelgood place at the minute on the back of that success. I want to pick that up and run with it now and kick on.”