Neil Redfearn has been appointed as the new manager of Rotherham United, and has set his sights on leading the club to the Premier League.
Steve Evans led the Millers from League One to the Championship in 2014, and kept them in the second-tier last season. But the Scot left the club last week following a disappointing start to the new campaign, and Redfearn has been confirmed as his successor on a two-and-a-half-year contract.
The 50-year-old became the latest victim of Massimo Cellino’s Leeds United reign during the summer, and has since been waiting for an opportunity to return to the game. He has now found that at the New York Stadium, and he has certainly set his sights high for the South Yorkshire club.
When asked if he could lead Rotherham to the Premier League, he replied: “Definitely so. As recently as last season Bournemouth got themselves up there. This is a club that’s capable of going on to the next level – that’s what excites me, and it’s a real challenge. We’ve got some talented boys, we want to open their minds, try and develop them and make them stronger. It’s a tough division to get out of, and I think sometimes it takes a different approach. The club’s had lots of recent success – Steve Evans has been a big part of it and has to take a lot of credit. I’m here to pick up the baton.”
United have won just two of their 10 fixtures in the Championship this season, both of which came in successive weekends last month. They are just one place and a single point above the relegation zone, and their campaign resumes with a trip to Brentford on Saturday afternoon.