Horrendous time says Millers assistant

New man: Darren Patterson, right, with Silkmen boss Brian Horton
New man: Darren Patterson, right, with Silkmen boss Brian Horton
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DARREN Patterson has spoken about the “horrendous couple of days” he and the Rotherham United staff endured this week and his shock at the sacking of Andy Scott.

“I’d no idea on Monday and I was actually on a train, popping home, when I got a call from the chairman,” said the Millers assistant manager who is in temporary charge and led the team during Tuesday’s 4-2 win over Macclesfield.

“It was a shock and so frustrating because people don’t seem to get much time; what we were building, we believed in.

“The whole set-up has been revolutionised behind the scenes; it’s first class and the plans have been long-term.

“For me - and I’ve played at a higher level - the club is run like a Championship club and that’s the way it has been done but some people don’t see that and it’s so disappointing. Whoever comes in does so with the club on a sound footing and three-quarters of the job already done.”

Former boss Scott brought in Patterson from Bristol Rovers, where he was assistant, and he also brought in other backroom staff in a complete revamp.

“It’s been a horrendous couple of days for us, we are a very tight knit group and very professional,” he said.

Patterson said they were ‘devastated’ at Scott’s departure and he added: “He’s a top coach and top manager and I believe he will be a top manager one day.

“The players have responded very professionally and, as a staff, we’ve done everything asked of us and have been royally looked after by this football club since we’ve all been here.”