RUFC - Will ITM become a Miller?
With the transfer deadline getting closer all Millers` fans eyes will be on Ronnie Moore and his son Ian Thomas-Moore.
Ronnie Moore, Rotherham United Manager, has made no bones about the fact that he`d like to sign his striker son, Ian, from Tranmere Rovers although not pay anything like what the Prenton Park club are asking for him.
Tranmere are languishing in the bottom three of League One at the moment, not having won a game, while the Millers are in the top three of League Two. Thomas-Moore asked for an extension to his contract at the start of the season but the request was, at the time, declined with confusing statements coming from both Tranmere and Rotherham clubs.
Thomas-Moore was subbed in a recent game and showed his 'anger` by kicking the wall of the players tunnel although Rovers Manager, Les Parry said that was to do with the frustration of the 'transfer situation.`
Mr Parry has publicly said that he is unhappy about the way Rotherham have gone about 'chasing` Thomas-Moore saying it was 'unprofessional` and that 'someone is playing Ian like a fiddle.` He also said that it was only because Ian was Ronnie`s son that Tranmere weren`t 'hauling Rotherham United before the Football League` for the way things were being handled.
Ronnie Moore has said that he isn`t going to be held to ransom by Tranmere and will not pay what they are asking for his thirty-three year old son. He also said that if they think he is worth that much (one hundred thousand pounds) then why don`t they give him a new contract.
Another interesting point yesterday was that Rovers signed former Ireland U21 striker, Sammy Morrow which set the fans` brains ticking over again.
And in between all this has been the fact that the Millers are trying to hold onto their main striker, Adam Le Fondre having turned down a bid from Plymouth for him only yesterday.
If Alfie stays, which his agent thinks he will, and with Tom Pope and Ryan Taylor on the mend from broken bones in feet plus veteran Paul Warne, who scored the winning goal at Hereford on Saturday, and Jeremiah Ani who is on a months` trial and Tom Elliott when he deems himself fit to play, here from Leeds until January, do we need another striker?
And if we do, is it wise to have the son of the Manager? I once worked in an office where the boss`s daughter worked too and I never found it an advantage and there were some awkward situations that arose from it.
Well, we haven`t long to wait and see now - just over eight hours - but it could well seem like a lifetime for us Millers.