Guy Branston column: ‘Going into League One with Rotherham’s finances should help them, but don’t expect us to just walk the division’

Unfortunately, it is only a matter of time until our relegation is confirmed, but at least it will make a horrible season closer to ending.

It will also allow the club to fully focus on preparing for League One – a division that I have seen a lot of this season.

The gap between that and the Championship is borderline huge, just for the sheer finances if nothing else. So to go into League One with Rotherham’s finances should help them, but don’t expect us to just walk the division.

It will be very tough. I went to watch Gillingham and Scunthorpe on Saturday, both decent-sized clubs with decent-sized budgets and Rotherham will be perceived to be bigger than clubs like that when they come down to the division. So it is going to be so hard for them to come straight back out.


They have to be careful over the next few months. The likes of Wigan came straight back and Bolton look like they will, but Blackpool and Doncaster went straight through to League Two.

It is about knowing what you have got to do over the next few weeks and going from there. I think they have got the right people at the club though to avoid a struggle, I expect it to be managed properly and hope we do kick on.

There is a good basis of a League One squad there, I would keep quite a few of them. I wouldn’t get rid of stacks, I don’t see the point of that. I would improve it, obviously, but I think there are quite a few players there that we would want in League One.


I would try and keep Smallwood and Adeyemi, they are the type of people you need. With Frecklington, that would be the midfield ticked off. I’d get another wide player in, you need a goalscorer and target man to work of Danny Ward if he stays, a centre-half and another right-back.

Hopefully, with some smart recruitment, the good times will be back next year.

Up the Millers!

*Guy Branston played over 100 times for Rotherham between 1999-2004 and again in 2011. He is an FA approved agent, qualified coach and owner of



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