ANDY Liddell has outlined what he expects from the players and what he and his staff will put into their unexpected opportunity as they strive to get Rotherham United promoted.
The Millers head for Lincoln City tonight aiming to put their promotion bid back on track after slipping out of the play-offs to eighth place.
Liddell spoke for the first time since being given the role of caretaker manager having enjoyed success with the reserve team who he has led to the top of their league.
“Myself and Paul Warne are obviously inexperienced in terms of actual management but we’re enthusiastic, keen and totally committed and that’s what we need from staff, players, fans everyone,” he said.
“As a player I was committed, fit, athletic, totally committed to any club I played for. That’s all I expect from Rotherham’s players.
“We’ve got some good players here, no doubt about it. I believe in them and if they are all of the above, then the good football will come out.
Starting tonight, Liddell said he expects players to be totally committed, run about, throw themselves in front of things in both penalty areas.
“If we don’t see it then those players not playing will then play. We can’t be fairer than that and that point has been made to the players.
“I’ll be fair and honest, 100 per cent so. I believe they can get to where the chairman, fans and themselves want to get to. That’s not bull**** because I don’t bull**** anyone. I don’t believe in it because it bites you on the backside.
“I want players to be positive, enthusiastic, show a willingness on the pitch and if the opposition is going to beat us then they are going to have to work harder than ever.”
He admitted he was “surprised” when he got the call from chairman Tony Stewart and acknowledged it was a “massive opportunity”.
“Experienced managers would give their right arm to do this for the next nine games because we can get promoted,” added the former Barnsley, Wigan and Sheffield United man.
“Me, Paul Warne, Andy Dibble and Nicky Eaden will work as a team and we want the players to work as a team.
“My chance has come. I’m going to see what it’s like and if I enjoy it. If I enjoy it and do well then, well, I’m not silly.
“If I don’t enjoy it then I’ll deal with it but I don’t see how I can’t enjoy it.”
He said they were still in there with a chance of automatic promotion because the gap was only five points... “lots of things can still happen, teams playing each other, it’s all still up in the air, nothing decided,” he added.