Paul Warne’s task, then, is keeping the Millers in the Championship next season and somehow managing to rid the club of their yo-yo reputation.
Key to doing that will be building a squad that’s capable of competing in the second-tier, which is easier said than done.
The transfer window is in full flow now and plenty of speculation is floating around.
As we focus in on Rotherham here, we outline THREE potential transfers that could happen in the coming weeks:
Michael Smith to find a new club
Smith has been Rotherham’s talisman over the last few years. He’s performed really well in League One and also made an impact in the Championship.
However, Smith is out of contract in South Yorkshire this summer, with Rotherham confirming within their retained list that they were in discussions over an extension.
The Rotherham Advertiser claim that Cardiff City, Hull City and League One outfit, Sheffield Wednesday, are all interested in signing Smith, with a Rotherham exit’s chance increasing.
It could be that in the coming weeks we learn exactly where Smith will be plying his trade next season.
Alex Cochrane in
According to a report from The Sun, Rotherham are said to be one of the clubs interested in signing Cochrane from Brighton.
The versatile left-back impressed with Hearts last season and Rotherham join the Scottish side in holding an interest in an agreement for 2022/23.
There’s also Luton, QPR and Coventry in the mix, which doesn’t make things simple for Rotherham at this stage.
However, what Rotherham can offer the 22-year-old is the promise of regular playing time in the Championship.
That could work in their favour despite the competition to sign Cochrane.
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Michael Ihiekwe to Derby
Ihiekwe is in a similar situation to Smith.
Warne has confirmed, via the Rotherham Advertiser, that there’s an attractive offer on the table for Ihiekwe to stick around for Rotherham’s Championship return.
However, it’s looking less likely he does at this stage.
The question, then, is where the 29-year-old ends up. He’s been linked with Derby County, although it’s got to be said that the Rams have more pressing issues at the moment with regard to simply staying in business.
The next few weeks will be crucial for them and will likely give an indication as to whether or not they can land Ihiekwe from Rotherham.