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Redfearn excited by first home game in charge

20 October 2015

Neil Redfearn relishing AESSEAL New York Stadium bow...

Rotherham United manager Neil Redfearn insists it will be a ‘great honour’ to lead his side out at AESSEAL New York Stadium for the first time against Reading tonight.

The newly-appointed Millers boss will take to the dugout in Rotherham for the first time tonight and insists he is looking forward to the challenge of trying to steer the club up the table in the second tier.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity. It’s [the club] is in a little bit of transition that’s obvious. We want to try and make this club a Championship club that’s going to compete,” Redfearn enthused.

“We’re having a look at everything but this is a window of opportunity for players to go and show me, the supporters and the Board what they are capable of and if they want to be part of this going forward they know that.”

The Millers manager takes charge of his side in front of what will be a bumper crowd at AESSEAL New York Stadium with supporters taking advantage of the ‘Friends for a Fiver’ scheme and took time to applaud the efforts of the fans that made the trip to Griffin Park at the weekend.

“It’s a great honour to be manager of Rotherham and I’m looking forward to the game,” he told

“We had a great support down at Brentford and they got behind the lads right until the 94th minute or whatever it went to and the lads really appreciate that and it’s an important factor.”

The former Leeds United boss had been present for a number of matches prior to his appointment watching on from the Directors’ Box and recalls how influential the home atmosphere was in the game against Cardiff City.

“It’s massive. At the end the supporters were willing the ball in and you could see it and the players reacted to it and you could see that.

“It’s important and I have to say from what I’ve witnessed the supporters do seem a really big part of this and rightly so. They’ve witnessed a lot of success in recent times and we’ve got to the tough bit now where we’re at a good level and we’re trying to be established and create a side that can compete and then we want more success."

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