Rotherham United: Redfearn targets top flight

New Millers boss Neil Redfearn
New Millers boss Neil Redfearn
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New manager Neil Redfearn has revealed his ambition to turn Rotherham United into a Premier League side.

The former Leeds head coach was officially unveiled by the Millers as the successor to Steve Evans yesterday.

And the 50-year-old confirmed that, while moving the club away from the bottom reaches of the Championship is his first concern, a place in the top flight is the ultimate target.

“That’s got to be the aim,” he said.

“I think the good thing about the Championship is that, in the past, the ‘smaller’ teams that have gone up, it’s not been about the money.

“It’s been about building and about stability and about sides who have been together two or three years and got this momentum and understanding and then finally hung a promotion on the end of it.”

First-team coach Eric Black has been promoted to assistant manager, while fitness coach Paul Warne and goalkeeping coach Andy Dibble will remain with the club.

“Eric is my assistant. I’m happy with that,” Redfearn said.

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“He’s a vastly-experienced coach. We have good backroom staff at Rotherham, Paul Warne and Andy Dibble. We’ve got good people. We want to keep continuity and keep going in the right direction.”

Redfearn will give the squad he has inherited from Evans a chance to impress before considering loan signings.

“We’ve got to give these lads an opportunity. We’ve got to see what they’ve got,” he said. “If they need some help, we’ll try to give them some help.

“If we need to bring some players in to give them help, we’ll give them some help. But it will be that group that will form the core of what we’re doing.

“We’ve probably got to integrate a little bit more youth, give the squad a bit more vibrancy.”