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Doolan delighted by Championship return

2 June 2016

John Doolan tells that he is excited by a return to the Championship...

Rotherham United assistant manager John Doolan says he is eagerly anticipating a return to the dugout in the Sky Bet Championship following his appointment as Alan Stubbs’ number two on Wednesday.

Doolan, who joins the Millers having worked with Stubbs north of the border, can call upon previous experience in England’s second tier from his time as a coach at Wigan Athletic.

The Liverpool-born coach admits he is relishing the opportunity of returning to the fiercely-contested league but acknowledges the challenges that lie ahead in the 16/17 campaign.

“I’m looking forward to it because I’ve worked in it before at Wigan with Uwe Rosler and Graham Barrow and we did quite well the year that Uwe came in as we got to the Play-offs,” Doolan explained.

“I know it’s a big ask and it’s really competitive but we’ll try our best and we’ll see where it takes us.”

The new staff will have the benefit of a full pre-season to mould their squad ahead of the upcoming campaign and Doolan is excited by the prospect of preparing his Millers side for the 16/17 season.

“It’s massive because it gives you the foundations to go forward and I’m looking forward to that and meeting the players because that’s the biggest thing and putting a team out on that pitch that Rotherham can be proud of,” he told

“I’m looking forward to meeting the staff and getting to know everybody on a personal basis because that’s really important.

“It’s going to be really really busy but as I’ve said before, it’s going to be about getting a team on the pitch that the fans are going to be proud of."

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