Caretaker boss Richard Wood thanks fans as Rotherham United wait on Matty Taylor job verdict

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STAND-IN boss Richard Wood has saluted Rotherham United supporters for the backing they have given him and fellow caretaker manager Lee Peltier.

The duo took charge of their first match yesterday and may soon return to playing duties only after the Millers offered the permanent role to Exeter City chief Matty Taylor who has promised to make a decision by tomorrow morning.

The two senior pros were given a standing ovation but couldn't come up with a win to mark the start of life after Paul Warne and Rotherham fell to their first home Championship loss of the season as they went down 2-0 to Wigan Athletic.

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Wood said: "The fans have been very good. It's just disappointing we couldn't give them the result they wanted.

"I thank them for the support we've been given this week. It's their club. Players and managers come and go. The club is always going to be here. They'll get behind whoever is in charge and running it."

As he spoke, captain Wood had yet to hear of Rotherham's interest in 40-year-old Taylor who led Exeter out of League Two last season.

"I'll do the job for as long as the club wants me to," he said. "I'm enjoying it. We'll see what happens. I've no idea what is going on behind the scenes."

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Taylor revealed in his after-match press conference following a 2-2 draw with Bristol Rovers that he had been made an offer and Rotherham and Exeter both confirmed in subsequent statements that the Grecians' had given permission for the Millers to hold talks with the 40-year-old.

The former centre-half said: "I have a decision to make and I’ll be making that decision within the next 24 hours. I have been approached.

“You have to move every now and then and you have to keep looking forward.

“I can’t say I am decided either way. It comes down to family, the personnel I speak to every day in the changing room and the staff I speak to every day.

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“It’d be a huge wrench to leave, absolutely massive. I have given ten years of service to the football club, four as a player, one and three quarter years as a coach and then three and a quarter years as a manager."

Meanwhile, Wood led the plaudits for teenage loan star Brooke Norton-Cuffy who tormented the Latics down Rotherham's right flank at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

"You keep forgetting his age," he said of the Arsenal 18-year-old.  "He's a talented lad. We just need to keep encouraging him.

"He is some player on the ball. He looks after it well, takes players on and his nice and positive. He'll have a great career."

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