Patterson will hand over to ‘lucky’ new boss

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ROTHERHAM’S new manager will be a lucky man, believes Darren Patterson.

The Millers caretaker boss feels that when Andy Scott’s successor is appointed he will be joining a club with a sound set-up.

“I think the new manager will be a lucky fella,” says Patterson, who could be leading the team for the last time today.

“We will be owning our own training ground; the new stadium is fantastic, like a coliseum, and you have honest players.

“Compared to what we walked into, with the professionalism and standards we have set, everything is set up well.”

Patterson accepts that a new manager will have to “tweak” the squad.

But he has nothing but praise for the way the players have responded to him.

“They’ve been fantastic with me. I’m a bright, bubbly guy; I haven’t changed at all. I’m very honest. I say it how it is. The boys haven’t changed towards me. It’s been a good atmosphere,” he said.

“I can’t state enough how honest they are and what a pleasure they are to work with.

“I’ve asked them to focus on playing and on what we have asked them to do.”

Patterson refuses to say why he has not applied for the job. It is the fourth time in his career that he has been a caretaker manager.

But he says he has enjoyed his time with the Millers and has been well looked after.

Patterson also believes that though Hereford are bottom of the table and have lost their last three games it would be wrong to regard them as ideal opposition for what could be his last game with Rotherham.

“We’re not preparing any differently from last week. We’re not good enough; nobody is. Anybody can beat anybody in this league,” he said.If you approach it in any other way you’re going to come unstuck. We certainly don’t want to do that.

“They’re fighting for their lives. They’ll be up for it. They need the points but so do we.”