Date: 8th January 2010 at 9:20am
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Rotherham United’s Assistant Manager, Jimmy Mullen says that the inforced break because of the weather is frustrating.

‘It’s a long time since I’ve known a spell like this,’ Mullen told The Advertiser. ‘I remember, while I was at Sheffield Wednesday, one winter was particularly bad and we were lucky that we had a big gymnasium at Hillsborough, which was a rarity in those days.

‘When I was at Aberdeen we had undersoil heating and matches were rarely cancelled.

‘When I was at Rotherham in 1981 the weather was like this and we went many weeks without a game. It was a nightmare then and it is now. It can be a real headache trying to find training facilities to keep the players sharp.

The club cancelled training altogether on Tuesday and on Monday and Wednesday they had to use the astroturf surace which, as Mullen says, isn’t really satisfactory.

‘It’s important not to overdo it because it can cause players to pick up aches and pains. It’s not as forgiving as grass and if a player has a history of ankle problems it soon finds them out.

‘The sooner we can get back to playing, the better.’