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Rotherham United - Millers Moving On Up

Started on 30 May 2014 by Zap
Latest Reply on 8 June 2014 by Walter
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Season One: Review


Well that's the first season done and dusted, what a season it was as well! There were plenty of ups and downs and after all the 46 league games we are staying up by the skin of our teeth.

SkyBet Championship


Results



We got what we wanted first season, nothing more and nothing less. Survival was key this season and we achieved it. We started off really poorly with one win in 3 months, but it all seemed to click during the winter. Late November and early December we went 3 games unbeaten and although that doesn't say much, we were very grateful of that. Near the end of the season things got a bit wobbly again but the lads grounded out the points they needed to stay ahead of Sheffield Wednesday and on the last minute of the penultimate game we gained our season goal.

Table


It was a shock to see 2 un-expected teams go down in Leeds and Bolton, however Sheff Wed were always heading towards a tough season. We were predicted to finish bottom this season and that prediction, thankfully, was 5 points off what really happened. It is also a shock to see that premier league relegated team Fulham finished 17th. Fulham were the team finished to finish top of the table but Cardiff ended up winning it, a team predicted to finish third.

FA Cup


Our FA Cup run wasn't long but it was very pleasing! We took Premier League West Ham (who are now Championship after finishing bottom) to a replay. I was happy with this because I expected is to be trounced at the first time of asking by Paulo Di Canio's side and was delighted with the fight my team put up.

Next Season


Next Season I aim to finish a lot higher. With the right backing and the right transfers I am sure we can finish nearer to middle-table. Certain players will have to leave and I will have to look very carefully in the transfer market but with the right players I believe I can finish mid-table.
That was one hell of a season, all the old fans must of had heart attacks with the inconcistancy!
good luck for the next season!
Fuck, well at least you didn't go down. If you get the right players in the summer you'll easily challenge further up. Good luck!

Interview with Steve Evans


Steve Evans is quickly entering his second year in the Championship with Rotherham. Last season he guided The Millers to safety and he talks to us about his ambitions for the up and coming season.


Journalist: Hello Steve, thanks for coming to talk to us today.

Evans: It's my pleasure.

Journalist: Have you quiet recovered from last seasons dramatics? You were up and down all season weren't you?

Evans: Yes well it's that sort of league isn't it! The Championship is a really exciting and at the same time difficult league. I still haven't recovered but I will need to soon or else i'm not going to be able to take another season in that league, the drama is quite incredible!

Journalist: So going into the upcoming season do you think your team are ready for another relegation battle?

Evans: No, quite simply because I don't believe we should be in another relegation battle. The board have given me room to move in the transfer window and by god I will use it. I have certain players I am talking to right now and there will be certain players I will talk to in the future.

Journalist: So can you give us a clue as to who may be coming in?

Evans: At the moment it is too early to drop hints. There is plenty of negotiating being done and at the moment I only have a couple of people who I can't see not joining. In our first season I didn't have that much money and I also had a limited number of contacts but over the season I have gathered contacts of agents and I have being using them to my advantage.

Journalist: Are you mainly looking at players coming in or are there going to be lots of players leaving the club aswell?

Evans: Ideally I would like to only add to the squad. Depth is such a big thing in this league because the leagues are long and players get tired. However, I know that I cannot just add to the squad, there will need to be players leaving to balance the books.

Journalist: Can you give us ideas of who may be leaving then?

Evans: No sorry.

Journalist: Well thanks for talking with us and we wish you and Rotherham every bit of luck this season.

Evans: Thank you very much.

Kit Releases (Season 2)



New seasons means new kits and with Rotherham there has been a change of both sponsor and manufacturer. A new deal with Nike means that we will be getting more higher quality kits that will hopefully look better and help our players perform better. A new deal comes in with Phillips replacing the old sponsor of Parkgate. Phillips came in with an offer to take over as main kit sponsor but Parkgate will remain an official club sponsor. Kits will go on sale on the 10th of June and will cost £50 for Adults sizes and £35 for Child sizes, these Kits will only be on sale at official Rotherham United FC stores.

Rotherham Finalise 3 Free Transfers



Rotherham have finalised the signings of three players on free deals. Stephen Crainey, Steve Simonsen and Ismail H'Maidet have all joined after being released by their previous clubs.

Stephen Crainey joins Rotherham after his contract was left to run out at Wigan. The 33 year-old played 11 times for The Latics last season after joining on a free from Blackpool.

Steve Simonsen joins as a replacement for Carlo Nash who turns 41 this year. Steve spent last season in the Scottish Championship with Rangers and conceded 36 goals in 31 appearances.

Ismail H'Maidet joins as a youngster. Ismail has never played a proffesional game yet in his career yet Rotherham will be the 7th club to have him under contract. Ismail is a good young prospect and I hope that he can develop nicely and get the break he deserves.
Very nice kits mate and also good signings!
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2 Join Rotherham


Rotherham have completed the signings of Jack Price from Wolverhampton and Nicky Adams from Bury.
Manager Steve Evans has went ham in this transfer window and after only a few weeks of it being open the Rotherham manager has brought 5 new faces to The New York Stadium. The 2 newest signings have created optimism around the supporters with many believing that the club is going in the right direction.

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21 year-old Jack Price joins Rotherham from Wolves in a deal worth up to 550k. The new signing was met by support from the Rotherham faithful, claiming that if his development goes right and he does well then he could become a solid midfielder for their team. Jack played 6 games for Wolves in the Championship last season, scoring once.

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Nicky Adams signs for Rotherham after wowing fans of League 2 side Bury last season. The winger played on 39 times, scoring 7 goals and creating 10. Rotherham fans know that if Nicky makes the step up and shows the form he did last season, then he will undoubtedly be a very valuable asset.

Josh Wright signs permanently for Rotherham


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Midfielder Josh Wright has signed a contract with Rotherham with a fee of 180k that will see him move permanently from Millwall. Josh played 32 games for Rotherham last season and Rotherham fans are delighted to see him stay.

Season Two: Preview




We start of the season with an away trip to Bloomfield Road and Blackpool, our first home game coming the week after against Bournemouth. We go away to Bournemouth on our Boxing Day fixture.
Our last home game comes against Derby and our last game of the season is away to Sheffield United.


We have been made favourites to be relegated this season, but then again, we were last season so that really means absolutely nothing. This prediction was also made before I made any signings so it really is unreliable and means absolutely tosh.

Tom Lawrence joins as 4 players are released



Tom Lawrence has joined Rotherham after his contract at Manchester United was terminated. The 20 year-old attacking midfielder has a lot to prove at Rotherham and is determined to show himself off. At his unveiling he stated 'Paul Pogba was released and I know for one United truly regret that decision, I'm moving on, like Paul, to show them up.'


Kieran Agard, David Noble, Alex Revell and Carlo Nash have all been released following a decision to name them as not needed any more. Noble and Revell have both been snapped up by Scottish team Motherwell and Carlo Nash has been, quite unbelievably, signed up by Manchester City, a team he played at during the early 2000's.

3 in, 2 out at Rotherham


Rotherham have made even more moves in this transfer window by completing the signings of Keith Southern from Notts County, Jacques Maghoma from Sheffield Wedensday and Mark Bunn from Norwich.

Manager Steve Evans is continuing to move in the transfer window and with the 3 new signings even more optimism is rising around Rotherham. Evans clearly wants to make most of his more important transfers to be done before the start of pre-season so that the squad can gel. These transfers mean that 8 players have came into Rotherham for the beginning of their second season in the Championship.

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Keith Southern joins Rotherham from Notts County for a fee worth 100k. Keith pleased Notts County supporters last season with his performances and joins an ever-growing list of talented midfielders in the Rotherham squad. Rotherham supporters are happy with this move and hope that he can make the step-up to the Championship with earlier transfer Nicky Adams and show his form at Rotherham.

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Jacques Maghoma is a transfer that has raised concerns from the Rotherham faithful, joining Rotherham from rival club Sheffield Wednesday. Steve Evans declared that Jacques is a professional football player and that he will try his hardest wherever he plays, however, Rotherham fans aren't convinced but if he plays well then he will surely win them over, won't he?

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Mark Bunn joins Rotherham after his contract at Norwich was mutually terminated. Mark joins, undoubtedly, as the new number 1 this season and Rotherham fans are delighted with the move.

Lee Frecklington and Wes Thomas have been sold by Rotherham to Motherwell and Sheffield United.

Steve Evans knows that you cannot have a lot of transfers in without having transfers out. Lee and Wes will be the 4th and 5th players to leave Rotherham this transfer window.

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Lee Frecklington joins Motherwell in a deal worth 100k. Lee helped Rotherham to promotion out of both League 2 and League 1 but Steve Evans has said that the transfer offer was too much to decline for a player who was probably not going to be good enough anyway.

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Wes Thomas has joined Sheffield United for 80k. Like the Jacques Maghoma situation, Wes has a lot of winning over to do after joining from a rival club. He was sold after being declared 'not good enough'.


HEARTS 0-2 ROTHERHAM
MICHAEL TIDSER, WES THOMAS
MICHAEL TIDSER (RTM)


QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 0-0 ROTHERHAM
CRAIG LONGRIDGE (QTS)


LIVINGSTON 1-3 ROTHERHAM
KARI ARNASON, MICHAEL TIDSER, NICKY ADAMS
MICHAEL TIDSER (RTM)


WORKINGTON 0-4 ROTHERHAM
BYRON WEBSTER, ROBERT MILSOM, ISMAIL H'MAIDAT, JACQUES MAGHOMA
NIGEL HASSELBAINK (RTM)


BURY 3-2 ROTHERHAM
BEN PRINGLE, NIGEL HASSELBAINK
STEPHEN IRWIN (BRY)


ROTHERHAM 5-1 FC HALIFAX
TOM LAWRENCE (2), DAVID WORRALL, CRAIG MORGAN, MICHAEL WILLIAMS (OG)
TOM LAWRENCE (RTM)


ROTHERHAM 1-2 CHELSEA
JORDAN SPENCE
PATRICK BAMFORD (CHL)

Player of Pre-Season


AUGUST


BLACKPOOL 0-1 ROTHERHAM
NIGEL HASSELBAINK
NIGEL HASSELBAINK (RTM)


ROTHERHAM 0-2 BOURNEMOUTH
MATT RICHIE (BRN)


WATFORD 1-2 ROTHERHAM
NICKY ADAMS, JACQUES MAGHOMA
JORDAN SPENCE


ROTHERHAM 0-2 IPSWICH
FRANK NOUBLE (IPS)


MILLWALL 1-1 ROTHERHAM
NICKY ADAMS
DAVID FORDE (MLW)

Championship


Player of the Month


Managers Thoughts

So here it goes, the season has started. And we have had such an inconsistent month and could this fore board another very inconsistent season? God I hope not! We are sitting very much in mid-table and, to be honest, this is exactly were I am aiming to finish.
Get promoted, prove to me why you're not just a tram stop in Sheffield!

SEPTEMBER


ROTHERHAM 2-1 WEST HAM
TOM LAWRENCE, NIGEL HASSELBAINK
TOM LAWRENCE (RTM)


ROTHERHAM 2-0 WIGAN
CRAIG MORGAN, JACQUES MAGHOMA
CRAIG MORGAN (RTM)


ROTHERHAM 1-0 CHARLTON
STEPHEN CRAINEY
STEPHEN CRAINEY (RTM)


PETERBOROUGH 3-0 ROTHERHAM
SANMI ODELUSI (PTB)


NOTTM FOREST 3-2 ROTHERHAM
NIGEL HASSELBAINK, BYRON WEBSTER
CHRIS COHAN (NTF)

Championship


Player of the Month


Managers Thoughts

Well this start was not what I expected, we are doing very well. Still need a bit of consistency but the way that this is going we may be looking at one hell of a season! Getting revenge against West Ham for beating us in the FA Cup last season tasted sweet and then 3 wins in a row was fantastic. The Peterborough game was poor, however, and we were unlucky against Forest. Byron Webster was solid at the back this month.

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