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Rotherham set for Sheffield move


Report: BBC Look North review Rotherham's move

Rotherham will play at Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium after they were unable to agree a deal to remain at Millmoor.

The Millers' new owner Tony Stewart and stadium landlords, the Booth family, have been in talks for several weeks over the terms of the lease.

The club are hoping to move to the proposed Community Stadium.

Stewart told the club website: "We have done all we could to allow this club to stay at Millmoor but I am not going to wallow in this."

Rotherham had played at Millmoor since 1907, while the Don Valley Stadium is already home to the Sheffield Eagles rugby league club, as well as being a major athletics venue.

"It was the only option left open to us," Rotherham chief operating officer Paul Douglas told BBC Look North.

"We tried long and hard to negotiate terms that would allow us to stay - unfortunately those talks broke down, and we've had to move away.

"We needed to settle a lease to allow us to stay here and be a financially viable club, and we couldn't do that."

The Millers have been in administration since March, when they were handed a mandatory 10-point deduction by the Football League.

see also
Millmoor deal days away - Stewart
30 Apr 08 |  Rotherham
Booth threat could close Millers
25 Apr 08 |  Rotherham
Millers' Russian bidder drops out
24 Apr 08 |  Rotherham
Rotherham go into administration
18 Mar 08 |  Rotherham

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