Rotherham Opt For Scott To Aid Promotion Push

Mick Bates by Mick Bates / 18 April 2011, 09:39

Andy Scott returned to management last week when he signed a three-year contract with League Two outfit Rotherham United. The former Brentford boss replaces Ronnie Moore who left the Yorkshire club by mutual consent last month, with Andy Liddell and Paul Warne taking charge of the team for the past four games. Scott was the 6/4 favourite to become the next Rotherham manager with Victor Chandler and it is hoped that his appointment can inspire Rotherham to make a late surge into the top six.

However, their promotion prospects were dealt a big blow at the weekend when, in Scott's first game in charge, a subdued Rotherham were held to a goalless draw with Hereford, pushing them further away from the promotion zone. Rotherham are now four points off 6th with only four games left to play but, crucially they have two huge games against play-off rivals Gillingham and Torquay remaining.

Scott made a name for himself at Brentford in 2008 when he took over from Terry Butcher. The 38-year-old impressed as Brentford boss and guided them to promotion to League One in his first full season in management. The successful season put his name on the map and his achievements were noticed by his fellow managers when they voted him as runner-up to Exeter's Paul Tisdale in the 2008/09 in the League Two LMA Manager of the Year award. He then took Brentford to a credible 9th position in their first seaon in League One, before his departure in February this year.

Before management Scott enjoyed a successful playing career with Sheffield United, a club he made 87 appearances for in five years, scoring eleven goals. Scott's immediate task is to try and guide Rotherham into the play-offs. However, in the likely possibility that this does not occur he will be looking to build for the future and put together a squad that is capable of challenging for promotion next season. The bookies Victor Chandler have Rotherham at odds of 16/1 to get promoted and 7/4 to win away at Northampton on Friday.

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