Scott starts his planning for next time

Forward thinking: Millers boss Andy Scott.            Picture: dean atkins
Forward thinking: Millers boss Andy Scott. Picture: dean atkins
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ROTHERHAM United manager Andy Scott and his staff have been planning for next season over the past couple of days.

The Millers boss - whose side head to Barnet tomorrow - said they had held meetings about recruitment policy for next season.

“We have got different scenarios whether we are in League Two or League One,” said Scott.

“In addition to possible newcomers we have been identifying the players already here who’ll be around next year, that will be used and how we fit players in to get the best out of each individual.

“Our recruitment process in the last couple of months has been based on certain individuals (who will be here).

“Obviously we don’t know yet which division we’ll be in but we are taking the different scenarios into account together with scenarios for keeping the formation at 4-4-2, changing it to a 4-3-3 and being able to manipulate the formation a little but based on who we are playing, what people we’ve got and what players we’ve got available.”

It is an indication of the extent of the planning that Scott puts into his management methods but he stressed that whilst he considers such forward thinking essential, he is still very much focused on the bid to retain a Play-off challenge.

With a gap of six points to seventh-placed Oxford, the Millers know they need to string some wins together and have a crucial spell which takes in Barnet followed by three successive home games.

Scott watched the Bees beaten 4-0 at Underhill by Bradford City on Tuesday.

It was a result sparked by the early dismissal of Barnet central defender Darren Dennehy for preventing a goalscoring opportunity. Bradford scored from the resulting penalty and Dennehy is missing tomorrow.

However, Barnet are boosted by the return on loan of their former striker Scott McGleish. The 38-year-old joins from Bristol Rovers for whom he scored against the Millers earlier this season although he did not figure last at DVS last Saturday.

He is set to form a strike partnership with Izale McLeod, currently top scorer in League Two.

Scott, who expects goalkeeper Rhys Taylor to be available after an arm injury forced him out last Saturday, may well be pondering starting with Lewis Grabban down the middle and Kieron Cadogan on the right.

Barnet’s defeat on Tuesday was their fourth on the trot and they lost five and drew one in February.