ROTHERHAM UNITED manager Neil Redfearn says he has been delighted with the training-ground chemistry between himself and Eric Black - and believes it is a meeting of coaching minds.
Redfearn, revealed last Friday as the successor to Steve Evans, will work alongside first-team coach Black, with both experienced figures cut from the same footballing cloth, according to the new Millers chief.
Redfearn, who professes to being a hands-on manager, has been pleased by the way he has been received by Millers players and says that the uplifting working environment alongside Black and goalkeeping coach Andy Dibble and fitness coach Paul Warne has created a real positive jibe at the training ground.
On his opening week so far, Redfearn, in the dug-out for the first time as Millers boss at Brentford on Saturday, said: “It’s been really good, I have to say.
“The staff and everybody at the club have been really helpful and helped me settle in quickly.
“The players have been really upbeat and positive. We have got some good players and have got to get ourselves in a place now where we can settle things down and be a little bit more consistent in what we do and try and find that formula going forward that suits the majority so that we become a force in the Championship.
“To be fair, the lads have been really receptive. But I am fortunate in having a good coach in Eric who understands the game and we think very similarly, which is obviously really important.
“Paul Warne and Andy Dibble have also been excellent and really mucked in and been part of this positive surge forward this week and we have got to keep that going.”
Redfearn says that captain Lee Frecklington (calf) is unlikely to be risked at Griffin Park on Saturday, with the Millers chief mindful of the midfielder suffering a relapse which could sideline him for longer.
The Millers also have a big injury doubt over another unnamed player.