ROTHERHAM UNITED have appointed former Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn as their new manager in succession to Steve Evans.
The 50-year-old Yorkshireman makes his return to the game following his exit from Elland Road in the summer following a bitter fall-out with United owner Massimo Cellino.
Redfearn had also been in the running for the vacant post at the Millers’ South Yorkshire neighbours Doncaster Rovers, but was thought to be keen to remain in the Championship.
Redfearn was among a handful of candidates interviewed for the Millers post this week, with second interviews understood to have taken place with those who had impressed today (Friday).
Hibernian head coach Alan Stubbs was also believed to have been firmly in the running for the post to replace Evans, who left the club on September 28.
Others linked included Walsall chief Dean Smith, with the Saddlers rejecting an approach for the Millers to speak to him earlier this week.
A club statement read: “Rotherham United are delighted to announce the appointment of Neil Redfearn as the club’s first team manager.
“The former Leeds United boss has penned an agreement until the end of the 2017-2018 season to join the Millers, and he will be officially unveiled at a press conference at AESSEAL New York Stadium on Monday afternoon.
“Redfearn came out on top after a meticulous selection process where he impressed chairman Tony Stewart and the board of directors with his vision for the future of the club.
“The 50-year-old, who has vast experience of coaching at all levels, plus experience of managing at Championship level, will speak about his new appointment for the first time on Monday.
“Redfearn also enjoyed a long and illustrious playing career which included spells in the Premier League with Barnsley, Charlton Athletic and Bradford City, whilst he also enjoyed time with the likes of Crystal Palace, Oldham Athletic and Doncaster Rovers.”
But Redfearn has consistently remained the favourite for the job.
Redfearn, who enjoyed a successful playing career which included spells at Barnsley, Bradford City and Doncaster Rovers, took over as full-time Leeds’ head coach on November 1 after three previous stints as caretaker boss before returning to run the club’s academy.
He steered Leeds away from relegation danger following a Championship upturn at the start of 2015, but tensions developed with Cellino towards the end of the season and he was told that his contract as head coach would not be renewed in May.
Redfearn was officially offered a return to his previous job with the academy following his six-month stint as head coach, but subsequently accused the club of not letting him return to his post and resigned after claiming his position had been made untenable by the club.
Dewsbury-born Redfearn arrives at a club who find themselves one place above the Championship drop zone, with the Millers only above third-from-bottom Bolton Wanderers on goal difference after two wins from 10 league matches so far in 2015-16.
Redfearn’s first game in charge is at fellow strugglers Brentford next Saturday followed by back-to-back home games with Reading and Sheffield Wednesday.
Redfearn makes his return with the Millers to Elland Road on November 21.