Play-off chasing Birmingham are the visitors to the New York Stadium on Saturday afternoon as Neil Warnock takes to the dug out in his first game as Millers boss.
Warnock has been recruited to replace Neil Redfearn until the end of the season in the hope that he can prevent the Yorkshire club from relegation.
The Millers are currently three points from safety in the Championship after a stoppage time winner from Kaiyne Woolery gave Bolton the win in their last game – which ultimately proved to be the final straw for Neil Redfearn.
Rotherham came close to an immediate return to League One last season – finishing just one place above the bottom three.
Neil Warnock, who has a wealth of experience in the Championship will have to work his magic once again to save the Yorkshire side from another return to the third division.
Birmingham on the other hand are enjoying an excellent season under Gary Rowett as they currently lie in eighth position – just three points off sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday.
With limited resources to hand, Rowett has put together a strong squad which even in the absence of the departed Demarai Gray has the ability to push for a return to the Premier League.
The Blues will be hoping that they can take advantage of a Rotherham side which has only won once in their last seven games to put the pressure on the pack around them.
FootballLeagueWorld writer Alex Grove takes a look at the THREE things to look out for in this clash between relegation-threatened Rotherham United and promotion hopefuls Birmingham City:
1) Neil Warnock
He’s been in management for over 35 years and has managed successfully in the Premier League and the Championship during that time.
Rotherham fans should be happy with the signing of Warnock until the end of the season because he definitely has the experience to get the club out of its current predicament.
He enjoyed a brief spell managing QPR late last year before being replaced by Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink so all eyes will be on the tough Yorkshireman as he takes to the dug out at the New York Stadium.
At neighbours Sheffield United, he took the club to the Premier League before resigning after relegation on the final day of the season in 2006.
Following that, he has had two spells in charge of Crystal Palace and QPR, and a 10-month tenure as Leeds United boss.
In his first spell as Rangers boss, he took over with the club lying in 20th position and steered them to a 13th place finish in just two months.
Whether he can do the same with Rotherham remains to be seen. He has boldly said that he doesn’t leave clubs in “worse-off situations” after taking charge midway through the season, and the Millers fans will be hoping and praying that he can live up to this valiant statement.
2) The new manager effect?
There’s no doubt that Warnock’s appointment will certainly get the fans talking and should get them roaring inside the New York Stadium for today’s clash.
If a new manager is able to inject some confidence into the team it can trigger them to come out of the blocks sharply as they are desperate to impress the gaffer.
Birmingham will be reeling after that loss to Sheffield Wednesday which saw them concede twice in the last 13 minutes to throw away an initial one goal lead.
If they had won that game, they would have been in the play-off places but now they have to do the chasing again to catch up with those in front of them.
Rotherham fans will be hoping that with a new manager installed, they can capitalise on Birmingham’s recent loss and get Warnock off to a winning start in his tenure as Millers boss.
3) Chris Burke
Rotherham may have lost their last two games but Chris Burke who is on loan from Championship rivals Nottingham Forest has bagged a goal in each of those defeats.
If anyone is going to spur the team on and spearhead them towards the Birmingham goal it’s going to be this man and the fans will be hoping that he can get three in three.
The Scottish international will surely be the first name on Neil Warnock’s team sheet and under his new boss he’ll be desperate to carry on his recent goalscoring form and hopefully fire the Millers to a much needed victory.
Rotherham and Birmingham fans…What are your predictions for the match? Will Neil Warnock have an immediate impact with the Millers? Can Birmingham get back to winning ways? Let us know what you think in the comments below!