Date: 21st May 2016 at 8:25am
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Rotherham United named their retained list yesterday which is down to ten first team players, eight young professionals (three of who have had experience in the first team squad) plus five players who have been offered new contracts.

As it stands the Millers are managerless but, as we’ve been told, former Gaffer Neil Warnock has advised the Chairman on the players he thinks would help Rotherham in their battle to move up the Championship table next season – and I’m sure it was valuable help.

But should that have actually happened?

Neil made the decision on Wednesday to leave Rotherham saying he really only has another season left in football and he believes the Millers don’t need a ‘short term fix’, they need someone who can take the club forward and be there for a number of years. And, as a lifelong Miller, I do understand his reasons although I do think it’s a shame.

He has also said that he feels in the season he has left that he would like to get a last promotion under his belt AND he’d like to stay in the Championship. Now I know, and you know, that with all the will in the world Rotherham United are not going to finish in the top six in the Championship next year (and, yes, I’d love to be eating my words this time next year!).

As I said Rotherham are looking for a new manager but maybe this new manager would have liked to have a say in the players HE wants at the club? Maybe one or two of those released would have been on his list of ‘keeps’.

It just seems a bit of a strange thing to me that a man who is more than likely going to be managing a rival next season had a say in our new managers squad.

Of course it could be that Mr Stewart already has a preferred candidate and that person has also had a say in what’s happening.

Who knows in football these days?

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