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18/19 Sky Bet Championship Preview: Rotherham United

Straight back into the second tier; part 17 of our season previews series visits The Millers

14 June 2018

Rotherham United’s 2017/18 season

League Position: 4th (promoted via Play-Offs)

Average league attendance: 8,514

Top league goal-scorer: Kieffer Moore (13)

Rotherham returned to the Championship at the first time of asking, getting past Shrewsbury Town in the final of the League One Play-Offs last month. Richie Wood once again proved his importance to the Club by netting twice to send The Millers back to the second tier.

The squad still face a fight to survive next season, and are in need of some strong summer signings to keep the side afloat at the next level. The 2016/17 campaign saw them relegated at rock bottom of the league. Winning only five games all season, they reached 23 points - 28 away from safety.

The Ground

New York Stadium

Miles from Brentford: 172

Capacity: 12,021

Address: New York Way, Rotherham, S60 1FJ

How to get there

The Manager

Paul Warne joined the Rotherham coaching team in May 2012, as he hung up his boots and retired from professional football. Prior to that, the 45-year-old had been through two spells at Rotherham and made over 260 appearances for the Club as a centre-forward.

He took the reins in November 2016 after Kenny Jackett had resigned and the Club needed an interim manager. The following January he was appointed until the end of the season. They were relegated in April, much further behind the other 23 teams in the Championship, but appointed Warne permanently on a rolling year-by-year contract.

Last season he lead them to promotion via the League One Play-Offs, this time securing a top six spot by April, defeating Shrewsbury in the Final at Wembley on 27 May.

The Key Man

Will Vaulks is a key man in The Millers’ midfield, seeing a lot of the ball and often controlling the tempo of the team. With 44 appearances in the league last term, he was the most used player of Rotherham’s roster.

He scored eight times for the team and appeared in every competition for The Millers last season.The 24-year-old is closing in on 100 total appearances for the Club and will achieve that in the 18/19 campaign if he continues in this vein of consistency.

Last Time

Head to Head

Brentford wins: 21

Draws: 16

Rotherham wins: 25

2018/19 Odds with Leo Vegas Sport UK*

Championship Winners: 125/1

Promotion: 33/1

Relegation: Evens

*Odds correct at time of writing. 

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