Date: 1st December 2016 at 6:39pm
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Rotherham United Chairman Tony Stewart says there has been a lot of speculation over why Kenny Jackett resigned.

Speaking to Radio Sheffield the Mr Stewart said, ‘I think there’s been a lot of pontification on why he went but what really happened was I got a call about half-past six on Saturday with Kenny saying ‘I’ve achieved one point out of fifteen and I don’t think that’s very good are you going to sack me’.

‘I said no, and he said ‘well I ought to resign’ and I told him to sleep on it and if he still felt the same ring me in the morning.

‘The next morning he did ring and we had a meeting at my house. He ‘phoned me at 8am and I got Paul Douglas (the Millers Chief Operating Officer) to come to the 10am meeting. Straight away Jackett said he was resigning and I said, ‘well Kenny you’re fifty-four and you’ve slept on it and at your age, although we’d like you to stay, you know your mind then that’s it.

‘What followed then was we had to make sure the contracts were in place and technically he can’t go into another job because he’d be in breach of contract and technically we can do things legally but we aren’t that sort of club. But even though he’s broken his contract he is still tied by it and he can’t go and be another manager for six months. If he’s in breach of that we will get big compensation for that.

‘You know on the Thursday we had a fantastic meeting before the Leeds game. We’ve been working for three months on getting a recruitment guy and we’ve done that but he’s working for a big club at the moment and has to hand his notice in but will be here in January. We’d listed ten of every position in the club because we want options and there were already a couple of strikers and defenders that Paul Douglas was moving forward to get them on board. So everything was positive.

‘So the Sunday morning meeting was total shock and surprise. I couldn’t believe it. For me it was shocking. Too many times clubs get accused of sacking managers too soon well this is the other side of the coin and the only thing we know is that he’d made his mind up that after five games he’d not made an impact which in his books he saw it as failure.’

Asked if this made him wary with the new Manager he will be fetching in with the Millers Chairman saying, ‘There’s no doubt that Kenny Jackett stood out and had a fantastic CV and Warnock was another one. We made our minds up very quickly and they came accordingly. But this time there’s no names that’s kicking us in the teeth and saying ‘we need him, we need to do this’ . It’s steady at the helm really.

‘There was over forty names in by this morning and we are going to sit down tomorrow and have a look. But there’s no big rush and we aren’t looking for a quick decision.’

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