Season 34, Turn 26
Manager McG Brings Rotherham A Win
Rotherham's new manager has certainly been busy since joining the Millers. In their match against Stoke, certainly a tense affair, the Millers walked away with all 3 points after a Soriano goal close to the end of the first half. Though the Millers were slightly overmatched in possession and shots, their tenacity and some great goaltending by Etheridge got them through. Now sitting in 14th in the league, Rotherham are a spot behind where they sat when McG took them over. With that in mind, though, they've actually made up 2 points on the final playoff spot, sitting 10 back, and sit at the same distance from automatic promotion (18 back). Their next match is against the 18th place Blackpool who have managed just 1 point from their past 6 games. They then have an important match against Bournemouth, the team currently occupying that final playoff spot. Surely, the players will be up for both of these games as they try to prove their season is far from over.
In financial news, the club has seen an incredible turn around. After coming in, the club was over 1 million in debt and their wage bill had ballooned to over 900k per game. With the meager ticket sales, Rotherham was sinking farther into debt, losing over 1 million per week. After slashing the number of players in half, with 2 more major exits rumored to be on the way, the Rotherham wage budget per game has been lowered to under 500k per game. The projected target is supposedly around 300k. The hope is that excess players can be offloaded while leaving the most talented and youngest players at the club with long contracts. Success for the club will of course generate more ticket sales, better television deals, and allow the wage bill to increase at a financially responsible pace. Finally, the transfers out have given the Millers the space to cut these wages without a wholesale rebuild. After starting in debt, the Millers supposedly are nearing 20 million in profit. Some of that will of course be set aside to counteract any major crunches, but it has been speculated that much of that money will be available to bring in young players on reasonable contracts and loaned players that have contracts paid for by their parent clubs.