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5 January 2016

We take a look at how our former employees have fared this week.

As ever it has been a busy Christmas period for our ex-players and managers. With teams hitting the halfway point in the season, many will now be aware of whether they are on to hit their targets or not in the 2015/16 campaign.

The Managers
Paul Hurst’s Grimsby Town have had the most successful Christmas period. Three wins on the spin and a draw to Guiseley on Saturday means Town sit third in the Vanarama National League. The previous three wins were against Dover, Solihull Moors and Lincoln City. The Mariners will be looking to keep the positive festive season results up.

Another ex-manager still on the Sky Bet Championship circuit is Steve Evans, a man all Rotherham fans will know well. Evans currently at Leeds United, has earned a reputation at Leeds for being honest and no nonsense. The Scotsman’s side are currently sat in 13th position and the former Crawley Town boss will be hoping to see his side climb the table further in the New Year.

Mark Robins’ Scunthorpe United side saw their progress in Sky Bet League One stall over the Christmas period. Draws against Wigan and Rochdale came during December while a win over Doncaster Rovers provided some festive cheer. However Robins will be wanting to lift his side higher than their current 15th position in English football’s third tier as 2016 progresses.

The Players
One ex-Miller got a confidence boosting goal last weekend, with Adam Hammill being the person to score it. Hammill spent time on loan at the Millers from Huddersfield Town. He made 14 appearances for Rotherham, and is now plying his trade with South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley. He scored his goal with the Tykes winning 2-1 against Millwall.

Another old face that Rotherham fans will remember is James Tavernier, he made a number of assists last Saturday for his current side Rangers in the Scottish Championship. Rangers won 6-0 away at Dumbarton. As well as Tavernier setting up a plethora of goals he eventually grabbed his own, scoring Rangers sixth on the day. Tavernier played 27 times for the Millers back in the 2013-14 season, scoring 5 goals.

Johnny Mullins is another ex-Miller who is currently at Oxford United and has had a great Christmas with his side’s latest victory. The win came against Notts County away as the O’s won 4-2. Although Mullins and his defensive teammates couldn’t keep a clean sheet. His side currently sit third in League 2 with only four points splitting third and first. 

Laurence Wilson helped his side Morecambe to a 2-0 victory at the weekend. Morecambe beat Wycombe 2-0 away, and it leaves The Shrimps in a comfortable place in League Two. Wilson played five games for Rotherham back in 2012.

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