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New to League One: Rotherham United

31 May 2017

We begin our series, taking a look at the seven new teams coming into Sky Bet League One for the 2017-18 campaign by looking at Rotherham United who suffered relegation from the Championship.

From the outset, it can't have been an enjoyable campaign for the Millers fans in the Championship last season.

To look at the facts, they were the first side to be relegated in the top six divisions of English football, suffering their inevitable fate on April 1 and they finished 24th in the second tier with 23 points - 19 points behind Wigan Athletic who finished in 23rd.

After Neil Warnock came in at the end of last season and worked miracles to keep the side in the division, another uphill struggle was expected for the campaign. Alan Stubbs took charge of the side, but was ultimately given just over two months as manager following the start of the campaign and was dismissed after just one victory in 14 games.

That solitary win was a home 1-0 triumph over Brentford but after 13 league games and just six points on the board, the Millers were already five points adrift of 23rd and six points adrift of safety.

Kenny Jackett would be next to take charge of the side, but would remain at the club for just five games, failing to win a match. Four of those encounters were defeats as Rotherham lost 11 out of 12 consecutive matches in the Championship, with the only point a 2-2 away draw against Ipswich Town.

With just a point extra under their names during Jackett's reign, the Millers would slip further behind. Wigan Athletic were now 23rd with 15 points - eight ahead of Rotherham - while 21st position was effectively 12 points away from their grasp due to their goal difference which was already -25.

Paul Warne was placed in temporary charge of the side for the remainder of the season and would be rewarded with a one-year rolling contract at the start of April 2017.

His first win in charge would come in his second game as United took maximum points at home to QPR before also beating Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium before the turn of the year. There would also be three more points against Norwich City in mid-January. That win against the Canaries, though, would be their penultimate triumph of the campaign as they suffered 14 defeats out of 15 (ten in a row) leading into April.

Rotherham, however, come into the competitive season of 2017-18 three games unbeaten having taken five points from their final three fixtures in the second tier before their demotion.

The relegation ended a three-year stay in the Championship and the two sides will meet for the first time since the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Northern Area Final in 2009.

The two league clashes in 2017-18 will be our first meetings in the third tier since 2006-07, while the Iron will travel to the New York Stadium for the very first time after most recently battling at the Don Valley Stadium in February 2009.


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