Scott shock as axe falls over play-offs struggle

Had no idea:   Andy Scott had spoken of his plans for next season only hours before his dismissal
Had no idea: Andy Scott had spoken of his plans for next season only hours before his dismissal
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DESPITE the growing discontent over Rotherham United’s fading League Two Play-off bid, Andy Scott arrived at the club’s training ground at Parkgate yesterday morning with no inkling of the fate that was to befall him several hours later.

Indeed, when I spoke to him yesterday morning at the usual pre-match media call ahead of tonight’s home game with Macclesfield, there was nothing at all to suggest that he had any idea that this was to be his final working day at Rotherham United.

Indeed, at one stage he talked of having discussions with the club’s hierarchy about the specific type of player he wanted in the club for next season. He wasn’t to get there or anywhere near it.

By mid-afternoon, Scott had become the ex-manager of Rotherham United after being called to a meeting with chairman Tony Stewart.

Just 11 months after his appointment and told that this was for the long haul, Scott finds himself gone.

Ironically, it came on a weekend when he had been more high profile than at any time during those 11 months because of the Fabrice Muamba heart attack.

Scott’s own playing career was cut short seven years ago at the age of 32 due to a heart attack and he had figured prominently on radio and television over the weekend.

In fact, Sky tv cameras were at the training ground late yesterday morning to talk to Scott about this issue. He even went out live and another piece was ‘canned’ for use later this week.

By then Scott had already conducted a training session in preparation for tonight’s game.

He was still chatting in his office with colleagues at 2.30pm. Inside an hour, the fateful call had been made and Scott had met chairman Stewart and been relieved of his duties.

It would have come as a huge shock, not least in the timing of it although Scott must have had an inkling that fan discontent was starting to grow as a result of the eight-point gap which had developed between them and the play-offs after Saturday’s defeat at Oxford.

Scott, who had led Brentford to promotion previously and impressed Stewart with his organisation and work ethic, took over last April.

Pre-season he talked only of finishing in top spot - he wasn’t interested in the play-offs and didn’t really want second or third only if he had to. It was an extremely high bar to then have to reach.

As normal Stewart backed his man to the extent that Scott brought in nine summer signings and the loan arrival last week of young striker Sam Hoskins was Scott’s TWENTIETH signing, either permanent or loan.

After a good start - and being named Manager of the Month for August - it has been almost downhill since in terms of results.

There has been inconsistency in selection, performance and in results. For all his hard work Scott can only reflect on what didn’t go right.