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Redfearn relishing first game in charge

15 October 2015

Millers boss excited ahead of Brentford test...

Newly-appointed Rotherham United boss Neil Redfearn is relishing taking to the dugout for the first time in Millers’ colours this weekend as his side meet with Brentford on Saturday.

Redfearn will take charge of his new team on the sidelines this weekend when they take on the Bees at Griffin Park and he is thrilled to have been appointed and looking forward to facing his first test in the Millers’ hotseat.

“It’s a great honour I have to say. Rotherham United is a club that is steeped in tradition and it’s got a fantastic name in Yorkshire,” Redfearn told

“It’s a good competitive game to go and pit our wits against a good Brentford side that on their day are capable but we’ve got to go there with confidence and enjoy the day.

“I’ve been in professional football since I was 16 and it’s what you know and it becomes your life. We’ve got a good squad that wants to succeed so we obviously want to give them the opportunity to be successful at this club.”

The Millers will travel to the capital on Friday as preparations begin for the match against Lee Carsley’s men and Redfearn is savouring the opportunity to get to know his squad further in the build up to the game.

“You get to know them more individually and you get to know them as people. It’s important to know how people tick because not everybody is the same and everyone is made differently,” he explained.

“The one good thing is that we’ve got one common goal and that is to make Rotherham United successful and I think reading between the lines and looking at training, they’re really up for the challenge.”

The Rotherham United boss has done his homework on Saturday’s opposition having seen them against Derby County and is well aware of the threats that the Bees will pose, however, insists it will ultimately down to his side to control the outcome at Griffin Park.

“I saw Brentford at Derby and I looked at their strengths and their weaknesses and where we can get at them. I’ve got that in mind for when I do pick the team and it’s got to resemble a Championship side.

“We’ve got to compete at this level and you swim in the waters that you are in. We’re no different to any other side in that respect and now we’ve got to put our own DNA into it and our own stamp on it and bring to the fore all the strengths that our players have got.”

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