The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

ROTHER­HAM United man­ager Neil Red­fearn be­lieves he can build his team around mid­fielder Chris Maguire.

The 50-year-old was ap­pointed Millers’ man­ager fol­low­ing Steve Evans’ de­par­ture last month.

Be­fore his move to Rother­ham, Maguire scored eight goals in 46 ap­pear­ances for Sh­effield Wed­nes­day last sea­son – and Red­fearn is keen to un­lock his abil­ity.

“We have got to open Chris’ mind,” he said. “He has been pi­geon-holed as a wide-right player but what­ever sys­tem we play if we pass the ball and are com­fort­able in pos­ses­sion, Chris Maguire is the type of player that is go­ing to hurt peo­ple.

“I think he knows he needs to be more con­sis­tent, we’ve had that dis­cus­sion, but he also knows he’s a su­per tal­ent and has got real abil­ity.

“He’s a match­win­ner but we have got to see that on a more con­sis­tent ba­sis and he knows that, but I am a big fan of Chris Maguire’s.”

Maguire, 26, has fea­tured promi­nently for the Millers so far this sea­son, but was yet to score go­ing into the week­end.

“There’s more in th­ese play­ers and it is my job to make them bet­ter,” he added.

ABIL­ITY: Chris Maguire

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