FORMER Rotherham United manager Jim McAnearney has died, aged 81.
Jim managed the Millers between 1968 and 1973 as the club dropped out of the old Division Two after 17 seasons.
He had been first team trainer at Millmoor before taking the reins following the departure of the colourful Tommy Docherty.
Scot McAnearney had been an inside forward with Sheffield Wednesday, joining the club as a teenager, and also played for Plymouth Argyle, Watford and Bradford City. He went on to briefly manage the Valley Parade club after hanging up his boots and then switched to Rotherham.
He had 244 games as Millers' boss, staying at the club despite speculation that he would move on.
He parted company with the club at the end of the 1972-73 campaign as Rotherham dropped into the fourth tier for the first time in their history.