ROTHERHAM United’s plunge down the League Two table has been a massive disappointment to everyone at the club and a surprise to many on the outside.
Into the top two as the year turned and only two points behind leaders Chesterfield two games into January, they seemed to be nicely placed for an automatic promotion challenge.
But they began to slide and, in the past two months, it could not be checked whatever the changes at the top.
New boss Andy Scott has endured three frustrating games to the start of his reign but enough for him to assess that things need to change.
He has already said the fitness and conditioning is not what it should be and says that in Monday’s home defeat by Gillingham he again saw the team’s energy levels fall after the 70 minute mark.
“We’re miles off what we should be,” he said and has promised close season measures to ensure improvement.
“My aim is getting a team together to ensure we can play at pace, with energy and be able to do that for 90-95 minutes.
“We have some good players with good ability individually but collectively we are not good enough; collectively not fit enough and collectively not mentally strong enough.”
He said he had seen Rotherham play a few times this season and was “surprised” at some of the things he’d seen.
“There are good players here and I keep saying that but everyone needs to graft, to do their jobs in the team. It’s much easier if you do it as a group of 11 rather than as individuals - and that’s the difference,” said Scott.
“But there’s a mentality issue and a fitness issue and those things have to be addressed and cemented very quickly into the team.
“I am expecting people to take on board what I’m asking them to do and come in every day looking to train every day at a game tempo and not just think that it’s easy-oasy and it’s a great living.
“You need to be consistent over 46 games with energy, commitment, organisation, desire, passion and teamwork. Then have good enough players to add onto all that to make you a good team.”