RUFC - At least two weeks before Manager named
Rotherham United Chairman, Tony Stewart and his board have interviewed four people for the new manager's job but it seems they are still no nearer choosing a name, even though there has been a Premiership manager apply for the job.
'We thought we would have had a decision today,' Mr Stewart told MillersPlayer, 'but the calibre of people putting their name in the hat has been incredible. There are some big names and I think that's due to the new stadium, moving back to Rotherham and the new training ground.
'We've been taken aback, even this week, with the number of people who want the job so we will be going into next week and interviewing some more people. It is going to delay the process but I think we need to make sure that we've got a manager who can really lift the fans and make sure that the football at the new stadium will be attractive football, winning football that has passion and what we are looking for.
'Originally I wanted a short list of five but as we were putting together that short list more managers came in which is incredible. Over sixty applied for the job and we think it's important to take our time. It's a serious thing and we don't want to just decide on a knee-jerk. It's not just about me and the board, we've got advisers who are advising us about the type of person who will get us to where we want to be.
'We've had Championship Managers applying for the job and even had a Premiership manager apply. The ones who have applied have been really high calibre and on a different level to the ones we've previously had when we advertised the post. Even today we are having calls from agents. It's quite flattering that not only have we got the volume applying but we've got the quality too.'
Asked when he would realistically think he will be able to name the new man at the helm, Mr Stewart said, 'Well I've two Board of Directors out of the country for two weeks which will give us time, and we are going to take that time, to interview the options that we've got. So, it's going to be at least two weeks before we appoint the manager.
'It's really reassuring for the club and the fans that there are a lot of people wanting to be manager of Rotherham United.'