PREPARATIONS for next season have already begun at Rotherham United. Not so long ago, it seemed they would be unable to plan with any certainty for which division they would be in ahead of the final game of the season.
Now they know and boss Andy Scott can ‘crack on’ in identifying the players he will need in League Two next season rather than pondering the possibilities of League One.
“You have to plan ahead and be aware and that’s what’s happening,” he said.
”We have a number of players out of contract and some, even if offered new ones, may not sign so we have to be prepared for every eventuality.
“It’s going to be a busy time. We have to ensure we do better next time. There are some good players here. But, overall, they have underachieved as a team and players have underachieved, we all know that. I’m here to do something about it.”
Saturday’s final game, at home to Torquay, seemed for so long as if it might be decisive for both teams in regard to a play-off place.
Although Rotherham were sliding, it did seem not so long ago that it could come down to a winner-take-all situation at the Don Valley Stadium.
However, Rotherham have continued to drop points in the run-in and it’s now only one win in the last 13 games. It is a run which began, coincidentally, with a 1-1 draw at Torquay back on March 1.
That same, cold, breezy Devon night, when a saved penalty from Adam Le Fondre almost certainly stopped the Millers going on to win, the 1-1 draw saw Torquay began their own run which has seen them lose only once in 14 games since.
They are two contrasting runs which have seen a nine point advantage the Millers held over Torquay after that game overturned to the extent that they can’t now catch the Gulls.
Torquay, unbeaten in their last 11 but having drawn the last four including a thrilling 0-0 draw at home to Chesterfield last Friday, know a win guarantees a play-off spot but they can get there with less.
They are bringing 800 fans.