Rotherham job runners and riders – Ronnie Moore firm favourite

Rotherham United are already searching for their third permanent manager of the season, as Kenny Jackett resigned this week after only 39 days in charge.

The Millers have endured a torrid start to the season, currently languishing rock bottom of the Championship, already 11 points adrift of safety.

The latest murmurs from around the club suggest that Jackett’s resignation came after a board meeting where January’s transfer budget was discussed.

To give you an idea of the managerial merry-go-round at the club, here is their last four managerial stints:

Neil Redfearn: 21 games

Neil Warnock: 16 games

Alan Stubbs: 14 games

Kenny Jackett: 5 games

Rotherham have only picked up one point from their last 10 games, conceding 23 goals on this winless run.

We take a look at the current favourites to take over the hot seat on a permanent basis.

ROONIE MOORE – 1/3 (SkyBet)


Ronnie Moore became favourite for the Rotherham job today after unexpectedly resigning as boss of non-league Eastleigh yesterday. Moore is an ex-Rotherham player who is well known to Millers fans as one of their most prolific strikers, scoring 52 goals in 3 years. He has since had two spells as manager of the club in 1997-2005 and 2011, which included two successive promotions from Division Four to Division Two, where he kept them up for four seasons after. However, despite being voted as the Millers ‘greatest hero’, he failed to get Rotherham promoted via the League Two play-offs in his last spell in charge of the club.

VERDICT: Moore has performed the Great Escape with Rotherham before, and pulled off a similar revival recently with Hartlepool. It remains to be seen whether he could pull off the same miracle this season, especially since his most recent managerial spells have been with League Two and non-league clubs. But being a legend at the club, a short-term boost could save the Millers, similarly to Warnock’s successful spell last season. Chairman Tony Stewart has denied the rumours this morning, but there are also murmurs about him taking a role at the club as Head of Recruitment.

PAUL WARNE – 9/4 (SkyBet)

Paul Warne is an ex-Rotherham forward who had two spells with the club in 1999-2005 and 2009-2012. This week he was appointed Caretaker-Manager following the departure of Jackett. He has had no other previous managerial experience other than being a coach at Rotherham.

VERDICT: Warne may represent the best value for money at the moment, and is a popular choice with the fans to take over for and consolidate ready for next season.

TONY MOWBRAY – 16/1 (SkyBet)

Mowbray was the bookies clear favourite to take charge until this morning. His last spell was at struggling Coventry City last season, where he kept them in League One last. However, he has had only one promotion in English football, gaining promotion with West Brom to the Premier League in 2008, who were swiftly relegated the very next season.

VERDICT: Unlikely to be appointed now.

PAUL HURST – 18/1 (SkyBet)

Paul Hurst is more of an outside punt with the bookies, but is another ex-player who went on to be a legend for the club, featuring 438 times in 15 years with the Millers. He was part of the team which won the 1996 Football League Trophy against Shrewsbury Town, who he has been managing since last month. He holds a UEFA A coaching licence, and impressed at Grimsby Town where he gained them promotion back to the Football League after a six-year exile. Hurst has also had managerial spells with Ilkeston Town and Boston United in a joint partnership with another ex-player, Rob Scott, before they joined Grimsby together.

VERDICT: One for the future. Hurst is an outsider, and only recently managed at his highest level of League One. It may be too soon for Hurst now, but he is definitely a future choice for Rotherham. He is rated highly as one of the best up-and-coming coming young managers in English football, but will want more experience in his new role with Shrewsbury before he moves on.

JOHN PEMBERTON – 18/1 (SkyBet)

Pemberton made over 300 appearances in the Football League as a player, but has only managed in the Football League as a Caretaker-Manger. He has had two recent spells as interim manager at Bristol City and one at Nottingham Forest, where he was part of their coaching team for more than a decade. Pemberton was in charge of Forest when they caused a major upset defeating Manchester City 3-0 away from home in the Third Round of the FA Cup in 2009.

VERDICT: Unlikely to gain his first permanent job in management.

DISCLAIMER: All odds were accurate at time of publication.

Ash Smith

MA Broadcast Journalism student. Wannabe golfer and football fanatic.