Former England and Newcastle manager Steve McClaren contacted Rotherham about the vacant managerial position – but he is unlikely to be the Millers’ new manager, it is understood.
The 55-year-old, who was sacked by the Magpies in March after an ill-fated tenure at St James’ Park, is keen to get back into work and surprisingly mooted a possible interest in the Sky Bet Championship Millers.
But that contact is not expected to develop into anything stronger.
McClaren, who would have been the Millers’ most high-profile manager since Emlyn Hughes in the 1980s had he ended up in the New York Stadium dugout, will now wait for another opportunity to come up as he aims to repair a reputation that was badly damaged during his nine-month stay in the north east.
He was in charge for 28 Barclays Premier League games after joining from Derby last summer, with a 3-1 home defeat to Bournemouth proving fatal and he left Newcastle in the bottom three, a position they were unable to recover.
Rotherham are looking for a third manager in seven months after Neil Warnock U-turned on an extension to his short-term deal last week and are beginning the interview process in the coming days.