Rotherham United: The appeal of new Millers boss Neil Redfearn

Neil Redfearn
Neil Redfearn

He was in charge for 38 games at Leeds  last season, but his years at Elland Road before then away from the limelight will have been a major factor in Neil Redfearn becoming the new manager of Rotherham United.

The Millers are getting a man who proved he can deliver at Championship level in 2014/15 as he handled the regime of chairman Massimo Cellino and all that went with it to deliver midtable security.

Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart

Prior to that, in his time in the Leeds youth academy, he established himself as one of the best producers of young talent in the country, as Dominic Poleon, Chris Dawson, Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Calvin Phillips all came through the ranks to make the first team.

And that will have been hugely appealing to Millers chairman Tony Stewart who has made the development of homegrown youngsters one of his main targets after the end of Steve Evans’ three-and-a-half-year reign.

Redfearn was named the new manager at AESSEAL New York Stadium earlier this afternoon and he will be officially unveiled at a press conference on Monday.

Ironically, his final match in charge of Leeds came against his new employers, a 0-0 draw in West Yorkshire on the final day of the season in early May.

The former Barnsley player earned admiration for the job he did last year, in two caretaker spells and a permanent one, at a club destabilised by Cellino’s disqualification from office by the Football League and for how he conducted himself when his assistant, former Millers player Steve Thompson, was removed by the Elland Road hierarchy without explanation.

Under Stewart, he will find life very different. The Rotherham owner runs a rock-solid professional operation, is revered in the town and has always backed the man in the first-team hot-seat with the minimum of fuss or controversy.

It could be a good fit.