In the build-up to #FixtureReleaseDay we will be delving into the seven new teams in League One next season. With one week to go, we take a look at Rotherham United...
Rotherham United returned to League One after a dismal season ended their three year stay in the Championship, with the club finishing rock bottom last term.
The Millers had previously been in the second tier between 2001 and 2005, but two relegations in three years saw them drop down to League Two.
Back-to-back promotions shot the Millers back into the Championship by 2014, with Rotherham claiming the League Two title before immediately going up again via the play-offs in League One.
But they didn’t enjoy the best of times in the Championship with two successive 21st place finishes, before they finally succumb to relegation back to League One last campaign.
Manager – Paul Warne
Paul Warne was very much thrown in the deep end when he took over the reins at Rotherham, initially as interim boss in November before being named permanent manager in April.
For Warne, this is his first managerial role, but Rotherham is a club he knows well having playing for the Millers over two spells, spanning almost eight years.
The 44-year-old joined the club in 1999 from Wigan Athletic and would make over 250 appearances for Rotherham before spells at Mansfield, Oldham and Yeovil.
Ground – AESSEAL New York Stadium
The impressive looking, all-seater New York Stadium looks much larger on the outside than it is on the inside, with a capacity of just 12,021, and it’s been the home to the Millers since 2012.
Unlike many other new grounds, Rotherham’s home has some unique features such as their futuristic floodlights and roof that goes down in large steps between the East and West Stands.
Located close to the town centre there are plenty of places to go for a pre-match drink or food, with the away fans housed in the South Stand or the corner of the East Stand if a small following is expected.
How they Reached League One
The writing was on the wall fairly early on for the Millers as they propped up the Championship table after 10 games and stayed there for the rest of the season.
Just one win from their opening 14 games spelled the end for Alan Stubbs’ brief tenure at the New York Stadium, with Kenny Jackett coming in.
Jackett’s spell was even shorter as he resigned after just over a month in charge, with Paul Warne initially taking over as caretaker before being made permanent in April.
Warne though wasn’t able to stop the rot and, with just five wins from their 46 league games, their fate was confirmed with seven games remaining after a 1-0 home defeat to Fulham.
Rotherham United Facts and Figures:
Nickname(s): The Millers
Club Colours: Red and White
Ground Address: AESSEAL New York Stadium, New York Way, Rotherham S60 1FJ
Ground Capacity: 12,021
Distance from Roots Hall: 195 miles
Position Last Season: 24th in the Championship
Summer Transfer Activity So Far
In: Semi Ajayi (Cardiff City, undisclosed), Michael Ihiekwe (Tranmere Rovers, free)
Released: Lee Camp, Stephen Kelly, Kelvin Wilson, Joel Ekstrand, Tom Thorpe, Chris Dawson, Fabian Bailey, Tom Rose
Last Time We Met
Saturday 2nd March 2013 – Sky Bet League Two
Southend United 1 vs 1 Rotherham United
Kevan Hurst 73’; John Mullins 88’