ANDY Scott has revealed he pursued the prospect of managing Sheffield United and would have loved the chance to be in charge of a club close to his heart.
The Rotherham United manager was among those in the frame late last year and spoke to the Bramall Lane hierarchy while still manager at Brentford.
“I was given permission by Brentford to speak to United, who had approached the club,” said Scott who played in the Premier League for United in the early 1990s.
“It wasn’t a full-on interview, more an informal chat with Trevor Birch (then chief executive) and I felt it went very well.
“I felt I had a good chance of getting it, to be honest. I felt I was the right man for the job at the time but they opted for the experience of Micky Adams and the rest is history.
“I knew the situation financially, the way the club was going. But those chances you can’t turn down, especially when it’s with a club you have a close association with.”
Scott, whose Rotherham side face United in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tonight at Don Valley, said his move to Bramall Lane as a player made a lasting impression on him and was a ‘massive learning curve’ in his whole football education.
“Dave Bassett signed me from Sutton United in 1992; it opened my eyes to the two-club rivalry in the city and it was a huge leap from non-league to Premier League,” he added.
“My debut was in the last minute of a derby game at Hillsborough and I look back now and think what great times they were and look at the players I played with and against in the Premier League.
“It’s a fantastic club and I always, and will continue to, look out for their results. Being your first professional club, it holds a special place in your heart and I’ve always been grateful for what ‘Harry’ Bassett and the club did.
“Now I’m back in this area with an ambitious chairman who shares my ambitions to bring success to Rotherham,”
It is all-ticket and the Blades will have 4,000 fans there.