Date: 2nd October 2008 at 9:55am
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Rotherham United Manager, Mark Robins and Assistant Manager, John Breckin, were the second half guests of the Millers Trust’s Open Forum yesterday evening at Liquid Nightclub.

Before the question and answer session got underway, John Breckin presented gifts to long time Rotherham United groundsman, Bill Corby who unfortunately lost his job when the club went into administration.

The first question to be asked was concern for Stephen Brogan , who broke his leg last season, and Mark Robins told everyone that there had been good news from the surgeon on Monday and ‘Paddy’ will be back playing. The manager did say, however, that he couldn’t put a timescale on when that would be but Stephen is working very hard.

The next question was Why do we always play away from home in the yellow away shirt
Purely because of sponsorship. Parkgate Retail World sponsor the home kit and RedTooth sponsor the away kit

Are there any players you would want to try and bring in
Yes, Ronaldo! Well, the Chairman said we were looking forward! Seriously, at the moment everything is going OK and we have a very good squad of players and we are trying to play attractive football. We’ve had a great start and the players are getting more and more confident. As a club and as a group of people we are looking forward and I have some great staff around me. I also want to thank the supporters for sticking with us.

With your connection with Manchester United, a lot of us have been wondering if you couldn’t get a loan player from there
Sir Alex (Ferguson) rarely let’s players out on loan to clubs at our level. And, I want a squad of players who are Rotherham United. I mean we’ve already lost our identity a bit moving away from the town

Will we hang onto our star players
Star players! All our players are free transfers! I am under no pressure to sell players. I am under pressure to get results and I accept that. But we want to continue to build our team. Once and for all we are not selling anyone

Is there funds available for new players
We have to balance the books so that we never ever get into the trouble we’ve been in before. And you know, at this level the players are pretty similar

When are we going to see Omar Garcia
Omar has to settle down. I went to see him play today in the reserves and he didn’t play that well but he has had eight stitches in a gash on his leg. He has a good touch and given time he will be very useful for us

Were you a bit disappointed when we drew Stoke in the next round of the Carling Cup
Yes, I suppose we wanted a glamour tie but Stoke are a Premiership side. The cup run had been a real bonus this season, a real plus.

What do you think of the noise at Don Valley
I’m not being critical but it is subdued. It is a difficult ground and perhaps we should get you all singing lessons! For me and Breck it’s brill because we can’t here anything from where the dugouts are!

Who have been the most difficult opponents this season
Ourselves. We are a good side at this level.

I like to have home grown players in the squad that have come through the Youth set up. And I want to ask you to be patient with Ryan Taylor. There is a footballer in Ryan that could be worth a lot of money or a lot of goals. There are times I want to kick him up the backside but he’s been outstanding in some games. We have to get him to believe in what we know he can do. It takes a while to build up his confidence but not long for him to lose it. He is a player who could do good things for us in the first team before he moves onto a bigger club. Marc Newsham got an injury and missed pre-season which set him back a bit. In a squad like we’ve got if you get injured it will set you back and perhaps take a while to get back in the team. But, we will utilise the majority of our players throughout the season

Why did you change a winning team for the Chesterfield game
I picked a team that I thought was capable of winning and I wanted to get Mark Burchill into the side to get him firing. It’s the best Chesterfield have played for three years and it took them until the ninety-sixth minute to beat us

John Breckin was asked what it was like being back home
Back? Well, I never moved away! When I was at Tranmere I used to travel from Rotherham every day. But it’s great to be back. This place is close to my heart and, although I know I’ve got a job to do, I do sometimes have my supporters head on! I feel privilaged to be able to work somewhere I like. I hope to finish my days here and wherever we settle I want to have my ashes scattered there

During the evening Mark Robins was asked about the players huddle after the game ends and he said ‘that’s private.’ He also said, ‘You know, I don’t care about anyone else or what they are doing all I care about is Rotherham United.’