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RUFC - Should we be looking for manager now?

RUFC - Should we be looking for manager now?

Rotherham United are currently sitting in tenth place of League Two and, although it's not an impossibility for them to get into the play-offs and even into League One, it's looking a little doubtful. We are actually in our lowest position since the end of the 2008/9 season, which is the season we started on minus seventeen points.

I know we've asked the question before but should the Chairman, Tony Stewart, have removed Ronnie Moore when he did?' Should it have been sooner, later or not at all - or should he have never come back?

n a recent poll on Vital Rotherham 62% of voters said that Moore should have left earlier. 19% said it was the right time to sack him while 11% voted for the summer option. Just 8% voted that he shouldn't have been sacked.

Listening to Radio Sheffield yesterday evening, Seth Bennett was asked if he was the Chairman of Rotherham United what he'd be doing now. He made it clear that he would still have had Ronnie Moore as manager, saying, 'I`d be having a conversation with Ronnie Moore about how he sees these remaining six games and how he`s going to achieve the goal that was set at the start of the season. I'd still have Ronnie Moore as my manager, I thought making the move at the time was reactionary and not the right decision.' He also said that if Moore didn't do what was expected at the end of the season he'd expect him to resign from his contract with the football club.

I heard Andy Gray and Richard Keys on TalkSport, although talking about Notts County sacking Paul Ince, they mentioned Ronnie Moore too, giving the impression that they thought it a ludicrous thing to have done, giving the idea that club Chairman, such as Rotherham and Notts County just wanted a 'quick fix' - well, admittedly, while Ince was only with County for three months, Ronnie Moore was with the Millers for a little longer than that.  And I'm sure I'm right in thinking that both he, and the Chairman, said that if we didn't go up last season then they would look at who was manager. 

But, should Tony Stewart and his board of directors be looking for a new manager now or leave it until the summer like he has suggested he will do. Is there any point in bringing in someone new at this late stage of the season? Should he wait and have time to muse over the probably replacements out there?

I've heard some fans having a grumble about the Chairman and many are divided about the Ronnie situation. But, Tony Stewart has said that it was a board decision to remove Moore from his post and we have to presume that it was a board decision to appoint him in the first place - not just a Tony Stewart decision, I mean, who says Mr Stewart was one of the board who voted for Moore to come in the first place? It's more than probable that we will never know the answer to that.

I'm a bit surprised at the way that fans seem to be turning against the Chairman. Many thought he was the bees knees when he first 'saved' the Millers. So, what's changed? The Chairman owns the club and he, like the fans, has to take the good with the bad, the plaudits with the moans and finger pointing - it's not exactly the easiest job in the world is it?

Rotherham United aren't unique. There have been thirty-nine managers sacked this season, so far. Does that mean that the job has got harder or that the Chairmen expect more? It's difficult and a decision I'm glad I don't have to make.

We've six games to try and save this season from making us also-rans. So get behind the lads on the pitch, the management team, the Chairman. Respect what he's done and give him a big thumbs-up.

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Date:Tuesday April 5 2011
Time: 1:50PM


Rumours abounded that RM's position was at risk earlier in the year. To be frank, he inherited a golden chalice from Mark Robins. In my opinion he did't need to do more than fine tune the side. Instead we saw players who were man of match winners b4 the winter not get a place on the bench and then shipped out. Here we are 12 months later lower than we'd like. Keys and Grays comments were outrageous as they took a short view "in promotion position before they sacked Moore, look where they are now". One win in 8 and that one was under the new team in charge! No right time if not too late to go. I would have liked a replacement in charge, even if to the end of the season as I said at the start we'd heard rumours about RM ergo speak to someone to take charge from outside the current managemaent
05/04/2011 18:47:00
I've answered someone on facebook and we've more or less agreed that the game at Stockport was maybe where it all started to go wrong. I've never laughed so much as when I've listened to Warney and Lidds' interviews - but, of course, their jobs aren't to make me laugh
05/04/2011 19:47:00
In my opinion it all started to go wrong when Ronnie was appointed! We had a good team, playing some decent football and possibly heading for auto promotion. He had to make it "his" team - even though that was to the detriment of our league position and the quality of the football!
05/04/2011 22:39:00
I can't disagree with you, sixpence. Well, he got what he wanted in the end, didn't he - judged on 'his' team
06/04/2011 00:10:00
Ronnie was the right man the first time but the second was clutching at straws. What worries me now is that the good players in this team may leave without achieving promotion and then who can you get in? Next season could turn in to a relegation dogfight, especially if the likes of Alf and Ryan go.
06/04/2011 08:23:00
I would imagine a new manager will want to sweep clean anyway, don't you?
06/04/2011 13:08:00
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