ROTHERHAM United manager Andy Scott has admitted he is ‘hurting’ over the club’s position in the League Two table and the failure to sustain a challenge for automatic promotion.
“The target is the play-offs and we are aiming to get in there,” said the Millers boss ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Dagenham and Redbridge.
“It hurts me when we have something like last Saturday, I’m hurting with it all and no one accepts last week and where we are.
“It was brave saying we were aiming for No 1 spot but I make no apologies for that because my aim is to do well here and to get promotion.
“We’ve still 20 games left but we have to sustain a run and need to get performing.”
Chairman Tony Stewart says he is “100 per cent” behind what Scott is trying to do and the Millers boss said he never had any doubts that was the case.
“Our plan is the same,” he said. “I speak with the chairman every day and the aim hasn’t changed.
“No manager is ever fireproof. It’s a fickle business but you go into it with your eyes open and understand that people wants results, we all do.
“I’ll always fight and, given time, I will turn this round, I’m very confident of that. But you have to prove you can.” He added: “No one accepts games like last Saturday and players have to take some responsibility but we (the staff) look at what we do and how we do it.
“It is important not to let frustration be the overriding emotion.”
Chairman Stewart said that whilst promotion is still the aim this season, he said the Scott appointment was about a long term remedy.
“Yes, we are disappointed but I know what hard work is going into what we are aiming to achieve here and I have not seen anything as professional or as organised as I see down at the training ground.
“We are looking at not just one season but developing a future.”
Scott is set to give new winger Kieron Cadogan a debut at Dagenham tomorrow after he joined from Crystal Palace yesterday on loan to the end of the season.
The 21-year-old right winger played for Palace at Blackpool last Saturday and earned the penalty for Palace’s goal in their 2-1 defeat.
Scott said they had another signing lined up, and he even came to the club, but his club then moved him to a higher division.
Gareth Evans is out with a back problem and is to see a specialist but it is hoped it can be rectified quickly.
Scott said he was contemplating changes... “we have been playing well for 45 minutes but that’s not good enough,” he said.“No one should have any complaints if they are left out.”
On loan goalkeeper Rhys Taylor is staying to the end of the season.