NEIL REDFEARN admits he will be wiser about his Rotherham United squad in the next seven days – quite a lot in fact.
After taking charge of the Millers in the dug-out for the first time in today’s clash at Griffin Park, Redfearn must then negotiate a home bow against Reading on Tuesday and, three days later on Friday, there’s the not inconsequential factor of a South Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Wednesday as well.
It’s a gruelling schedule, but one so typical of Championship life and Redfearn is not bleating about that fact.
But having spoken to his players about it being a clean slate for everyone to impress him, there is a fair chance that a large number of his squad will get their opportunity to over the next three games, when he will in all likelihood freshen up his side.
Alongside that, Redfearn will attempt to start stamping his own style on the side, although he accepts, in the short term, that will be onerous given the run of three games in a week.
He said: “It will take time, but what we have not got is a lot of time because we want to start picking points up and picking up as many points as we can.
“We have a lot of games coming up and a really tough week and three games in a week is a tough ask.
“But they are all good games to play in and chances are that I am going to have to utilise the squad to its full.
“I’m going to look at each game on its merits and look at the lads in terms of whether some need a breather or some others have to come in.
“So everybody is going to be involved, that’s the message.
“This period is going to give me a really good opportunity to look at the squad and see it to its full.”
And, if early impressions are anything to go by, the brave new world under Redfearn has been received well by his new charges, according to striker Matt Derbyshire, with his style different to his predecessor Steve Evans.
He said: “I am sure he will be hands-on with the players and his man-management style will be to put his arm around players, which is a little bit different to what we have had.
“So we’ll see, but I am not here to knock anyone as each manager has their own styles.”