Neil Redfearn: Rotherham boss aims to build on success

Neil Redfearn
Neil Redfearn will manage Rotherham for the first time at Brentford on Saturday

New Rotherham United boss Neil Redfearn believes the Millers job is a position "most managers would want".

The 50-year-old was appointed manager at the New York Stadium on Friday after Steve Evans left the club last month.

Evans led the Millers to back-to-back promotions from League Two to the Championship in his first two campaigns before finishing 21st last season.

"It's a forward-thinking club with a chairman that has backed managers," Redfearn told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"It was a club I wanted to go after from the off because it has had fantastic success in recent times.

"It's a job most managers would want because it's a club that wants to get to the next level."

Millers chairman Tony Stewart said they selected the former Leeds head coach as Evans' successor after receiving more than 60 applications for the role.

During his time at Elland Road, Redfearn helped bring through defenders Charlie Taylor and Sam Byram and midfielders Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook.

And the former Barnsley and Bradford midfielder wants to see more of Rotherham's homegrown youngsters featuring in the first team.

"I want to build and develop and try to integrate some of our academy players," he said.

"It is important because supporters like to see their own and it changes the appearance of your squad. It makes it more vibrant.

"Young players are infectious in training and they make it a better place to be. You need them about your first team."