TONY Stewart is refusing to rush the appointment of a new manager and says Rotherham United are searching for an experienced person to lead the club into the Championship.
The Millers chairman, who has had more than 60 applications for the vacant post, has also dismissed speculation linking former Celtic and Scotland international Tosh McKinlay with the job.
It was 12 days ago Rotherham sacked Andy Scott and Stewart has indicated his successor must have the “drive and passion” to transform the club’s fortunes.
Speaking to The Star last night, Stewart said: “We want someone who has been there and done it. They have to have experience in management. We are not looking for someone who wants to come here and learn the ropes. We need someone who can hit the ground running. We would like the manager to have the drive and passion to take us into League One and then the Championship.”
When asked if McKinlay had been interviewed for the role yesterday, he said: “There is no truth in that at all.”
Stewart says interviews will begin next week and has hinted a decision might not be made for another fortnight.
He has drawn up a five-man shortlist but says he is still receiving applications for the position.
“We have had some marvellous applicants,” said Stewart.
“I have been astounded in regards to the quality of the managers who have applied for the job. Some are out of work, some are in work. The calibre has been superb.
“It has certainly attracted a lot of names and I’ve been absolutely inundated. It has been incredible. I think the fact we are moving to the new stadium and away from the Don Valley Stadium has made a big difference.
“We are not going to rush the decision. If we have to have two to three interviews, then so be it. I’m not putting a timescale on it.
“What we have got to do this time is reward the fans of Rotherham. We are taking our time, we are doing the research and we are trying to make sure we get the right person in. It may take a couple of weeks but it is important we get it right.”
The Millers host lowly Hereford United tomorrow.