VIDEO: Redfearn - Millers can compete at top end of table

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Neil Redfearn says he wants to transform Rotherham United into a club capable of competing at the top end of the Championship after being unveiled as the club's new boss.

"The target is get better, improve on the position we are in and start challenging at the other end of the Championship," he said.

New Rotherham United manager Neil Redfearn with chairman Tony Stewart

New Rotherham United manager Neil Redfearn with chairman Tony Stewart

"There's a lot of ability in the team, a lot of good players - I saw that firsthand this morning and from the games I've seen.

"I don't think it will be too difficult to develop and kick on towards becoming a strong Championship side."

Former Leeds United manager Redfearn beat off competition from more than 60 other applicants for the right to succeed Steve Evans as Millers boss.

And he said it became clear that he and the club shared common ambitions.

Neil Redfearn (centre) meets the media for the first time as new Rotherham United boss, alongside chairman Tony Stewart (left) and chief executive Paul Douglas (right)

Neil Redfearn (centre) meets the media for the first time as new Rotherham United boss, alongside chairman Tony Stewart (left) and chief executive Paul Douglas (right)

He said: "We found out through the process that we're a match.

"I'm ambitious, I want to do well and be successful.

"I don't want to come here and just try and keep this club in the division.

"I want to try to turn this club into something which challenges at the top end of the Championship and also make sure it gets to be a Premier League club in years to come.

"Everything is in place. It's a fantastic facility, we've got good owners, good players who want to learn and get better.

"They've had a season in the Championship and found their feet now.

"Everything points towards the right direction."

Millers chairman Tony Stewart revealed the board unanimously chose Redfearn after whittling down the applicants to a six-man shortlist before trimming it further to three.

"He's a local lad, a Yorkshire pudding," Stewart said. "Why we went for Neil is that his CV looked good, he played at a high level and captained the side.

"He has a good youth policy.

"I think in the short time at Leeds he showed he had the potential to be an outstanding manager.

"As far as we were concerned as a board, it ticked all the boxes."

Redfearn confirmed he would not be bringing in his own coaching staff. Eric Black - who worked as first team coach under previous boss Evans - will be Redfearn's assistant.