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Staff unity pleases Eaden

11 February 2016

Nicky Eaden speaks to

Caretaker manager Nicky Eaden insists he and his Rotherham United staff have adopted an ‘all hands on deck’ approach in readying a Millers side for Sky Bet Championship action this weekend.

Eaden, who is charged with preparing the team for the visit of Birmingham City on Saturday, has been delighted with the unity in camp ahead of the visit of Gary Rowett’s side to AESSEAL New York Stadium.

“It’s been all hands to the pump this week, with a reserve game on Tuesday as well,” he told

“We’re a couple of bodies down but that’s what the staff do here, they knuckle down and they pull together and everybody has just mucked in.

“We’ve brought Hammy (Matt Hamshaw) up from the Academy as another pair of hands in the latter part of the week and everyone has mucked in and got on with it.”

The former Leicester City coach says slotting back into the setup at Rotherham United, where he had previously worked alongside Andy Liddell, has been a seamless process thanks to the help of the staff, and he also took time out to thank the outgoing Neil Redfearn for the chance to rejoin the Millers.

“I want to put on record my thanks to Neil for the opportunity to come and work at Rotherham. It’s a club I know and it’s a club I really wanted to come out to,” Eaden explained.

“I feel like I’ve slotted straight back in and Dibbs and Warney are still here and Den the physio, so they have made me comfortable right from the off.”

The Sheffield-born coach is relishing the opportunity to work in the senior setup at AESSEAL New York Stadium, having left his post with the Foxes Under 21’s to take up his new role in South Yorkshire.

“The 21’s is good and it’s a great grounding and you get loads of coaching done, maybe even more so than you do at first team level, but first team level is where you want to be,” Eaden admitted.

“The games are different. Whilst Under 21’s football does matter it isn't like the first team where three points is the be-all and end-all of your week. You get that buzz from the first team games and the teams you’re up against."

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