Jamie Johnson officially joins the Millers...
Rotherham United can officially confirm the appointment of Jamie Johnson as the club’s new head of recruitment.
Jamie has now served his notice with previous club Brighton and Hove Albion where he held the post of European scouting manager over the past two years.
Jamie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in recruitment following spells with the likes of Derby County, Millwall, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland.
He will play a major role in implementing a new recruitment strategy, which will include a more structured and rigorous process in identifying players to fit the Rotherham United mould.
He has now officially started his post with the Millers and told www.themillers.co.uk that he is relishing the opportunity to work at the club:
“I am really looking forward to working for Rotherham United.
"I am going to be heavily involved in setting up a new department from scratch to include both the recruitment and analysis side of the club.
"It is a big challenge, but a challenge I am relishing.
"On the recruitment side, we want to implement a structure which will incorporate a thorough and in-depth analysis of potential signings. There will always be an element of risk when signing a player, but with the structure we want to put in place, the risk will be significantly minimised.
“We need to ensure that when we sign a player, as much work as possible has gone into the recruitment side. Players won't just be watched once or twice, there will be a rigorous vetting procedure and I am looking forward to putting that into practice.”
Jamie will be working closely with the current interim manager Paul Warne as the Millers look come out of the the upcoming January transfer window in a stronger position for the next stage of the season.
Whilst acknowledging January will be important, Jamie also stressed the importance of a new long-term recruitment strategy for the club.
"The January transfer window is very much on the horizon, and whilst it is a very quick turnaround for me, we are aiming to come out of the other side in a stronger position,” he added.
“I will be working closely with Paul Warne, we have identified some targets for January and plans are well underway to try and bring some players in.
“Whilst we understand that January is very important, it is also vital that we quickly implement a long term vision beyond the window to ensure that there is a structure which will benefit the club for years to come.”