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Redfearn steps up search for assistant

29 January 2016

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Neil Redfearn has stepped up his search for a replacement for Eric Black...

Rotherham United manager Neil Redfearn insists his search for a new assistant is well underway, and has earmarked a number of candidates that he believes would be suitable for the role.

The Millers boss is currently without a number two following Eric Black’s departure to take up a position at Aston Villa, but says the hunt for a new right-hand man is already underway.

“We’re not too far away and I’ve spoken to one person in particular that takes my eye,” Redfearn told

“I’ve liaised with the Chairman Tony Stewart and Paul Douglas the Chief Executive about getting the right type of person in, and I don’t just want to go for a mate. I want somebody who is good for this football club and I think that is important.”

Redfearn insists the process to appoint Black’s successor will be a meticulous one and believes it will take a specific type of person to fit into the set up at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

“That person needs the credentials to benefit this football club and the bottom line is the club is the most important thing, so it’s a case of getting the right member of staff to come in,” he added.

“The people that I have identified are the people that fit what we’re doing and where we’re at. I think it’s a really exciting project at this football club and its right at the beginning of becoming strong at this level.”

The Millers boss also took time to praise the contribution of his outgoing assistant and says his coaching staff have been hard at work to make up for his absence on the training ground.

“The thing with Eric is that his ways and demeanour around the lads have been like a breath of fresh air to be honest.

“These opportunities come up for people in their careers and we wish him all the best and every success in what he’s doing. There is no ill-feeling and he has taken the opportunity that has come along and he leaves with everyone at the club’s best wishes.

“Now from our point of view we need to rally around and pull together. We’ve got good staff and people like Paul Warne, Andy Hughes and Andy Dibble have mucked in and we’re quite tight as a group and have a good bond. Whoever comes in is coming into something healthy."

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