Rotherham United Suffer Blow In Managerial Hunt

Rotherham United have suffered a blow in the hunt for a new manager after frontrunner Nathan Jones pulled out of the race to succeed Matt Taylor, according to Football Insider.

The 50-year-old had emerged as the favourite to land the role over the course of the past week having held talks with the club over the vacant position. The rumour mill was in full flow this past weekend when Jones was pictured in attendance at the Millers Championship clash with Birmingham City, which finished 0-0.

It’s a result which keeps the South Yorkshire side seven points from safety, whilst fellow relegation candidates Queens Park Rangers picked up a shock win over Preston North End to move within four points of 21st-placed Huddersfield Town.

Rotherham have been without a manager since November 13th, when Taylor was relieved of his duties following a 5-0 defeat against Watford. A number of names have been linked since, including former Terriers boss Neil Warnock. However, it looked as if Jones was edging ever closer to the hotseat following his appearance at St Andrew’s, although journalist Paul Davis posted that this was not a guarantee that he would take the position.

It now looks as if it is a case of back to the drawing board, with Football Insider claiming that the former Luton Town and Southampton boss has pulled out of the running.

Jones has been linked with a number of jobs this season after departing Southampton in February. He joined the Saints following the excellent work he had done at Luton in what was his second stint at the club. He was tasked with keeping them in the Premier League but lasted just 14 games in all competitions.

Wayne Carlisle will continue to oversee playing affairs whilst Rotherham continue their search and will host Swansea City on Saturday before West Bromwich Albion visit the New York Stadium three days later.

Writer’s View

If true, this is a major blow for Rotherham, who will be looking to bring stability to the club as fast as possible. It looks as if this is another case of acting without a plan, something witnessed by an array of teams this season after deciding to part with their respective managers.

The search will continue and it will be interesting to see if they turn their attention to former boss Steve Evans, who managed the club between 2012 and 2015 and is currently doing an excellent job with Stevenage in League One.

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