League Two side Rotherham United and manager Ronnie Moore along with assistant manager Jimmy Mullen have parted ways via mutual consent with immediate effect. The team of Andy Liddle, Paul Warne and Andy Dibble are more than likely taking charge of first team affairs for the game on Friday night against 16th place Lincoln City. According to the bookmakers Victor Chandler Andy Liddle and/or Paul Warne are in pole position to take over the role as the next permanent manager at Rotherham United at odds of 3/1.
The Millers have now gone five games without a win and their last game was a devastating 5-0 defeat against league leaders Chesterfield and they are now five points adrift from the automatic promotion slot. In a post match interview with Sky Sports Moore slammed the poor performance that his squad put in during the loss against Chesterfield. However Rotherham are still in the play offs in 6th place with 56 points from 37 games so promotion to League One is still on the cards for the Don Valley side. They are currently at odds of 9/4 to gain promotion this season and are at 13/2 for a top 3 finish.
Moore was in his second spell as manager of the Yorkshire club having first been there from 1997 to 2005 and his second tenure in charge of Rotherham had been for 18 months when he took over in 2009 from Mark Robins who had left to join Barnsley who were in the Championship at the time.
The exact reasons for the departure of the manager such as whether he jumped or was pushed are not yet clear but as the normal mutual consent has been quoted, when further details arrive we will keep you updated. Whatever the reason it is an odd time for a team to be without a manager when promotion could be just around the corner.