Millers No 2 can’t wait for the return of Mr Motivator

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PAUL Raynor says he will be glad when thing can “get back to normal” on a matchday.

The assistant manager takes matchday charge for the final time when Rotherham United face Southend United at the New York Stadium this afternoon.

Manager Steve Evans completes his six-match stadium ban today and Raynor says he’ll welcome having him back on the touchline.

“That’s where he should be and I’ll be glad when today is out of the way and we can get things back to normal,” said Raynor. “I know what a good motivator he is.

“He whips them up.

“I’ve stepped into the breach, I try and galvanise them.

“But my strength isn’t motivating as such but filling in the gaps tactically and coaching.

“Steve’s the man and when the leader isn’t thereb it’s never easy.

“I am on the touchline anyway but we work together, bounce things off each other and it will be good having him back after today.”

Rotherham will aim to end an extraordinarily barren run at home to Southend. The Essex club haven’t lost any of their last eight visits to face the Millers.

Rotherham’s last home win against them was in 1980.

Last season Southend won 4-0 at the Don Valley Stadium, their third successive away win against the Millers.

Like Rotherham, Paul Sturrock’s side have 15 points but have a worse goal difference.