Rotherham United interim coach Wayne Carlisle says he and his team have been able to get together quickly and prepare for Leeds United after former manager Matt Taylor was sacked last week.
Rotherham sacked Taylor following a humbling 5-0 loss to Watford. Taylor was in charge of Rotherham for 13 months after taking over from Paul Warne.
Taylor, despite the odds, was able to keep the team in the Championship last season. However, a poor start to the season saw him dismissed – he left the club with two wins from their opening 16 games and four points from safety.
Interim Coach Wayne Carlisle says it’s been a difficult week but he has done his best to put the team together ahead of Friday:
“It has been a busy time, to say the least. We had the news surrounding Matt on the Sunday and by Monday there had been contact from Rob Scott our Head of Recruitment to ask whether myself, Scott Brown and Dan Green would be happy to oversee things during the interim period.”
“In these situations you just have to grasp the bull by the horns. We got together pretty quickly and got a plan in place. We wanted to ensure that the players got the most professional preparation heading into a big game against Leeds United.”
“All the staff around the training ground have been all hands on deck. On the pitch myself, Dan and Scott have been scrambling a little bit at times between sessions, we’ve got a lot of information into the players.”
“Sometimes it has been a little hard to fill the gaps, but the lads have been absolutely brilliant with us, they’ve helped out themselves and bought into everything. That’s all you can ask for from them.”
The Whites sit in third place in the league and are away to Rotherham who sit in 22nd place ahead of their clash on Friday.