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Rotherham League One odds: Millers 9/2 for swift return to the Championship

After relegation in last place from the Championship last season, Rotherham are 9/2 to make an immediate return to the second tier in the 2024/25 EFL League One season.

Rotherham League One odds

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Rotherham had a season to forget in the Championship in 2023/24, finishing at least 18 points adrift of the rest of the division in last place. 

The Millers won only five league matches all season, all of which came at home as they collected just four points from their 23 away games.

Never higher than 20th place after their fifth match, Rotherham never escaped the bottom three after falling into it after eight games, and were in 24th and last place in the division for the entire second half of the season.

It was the fourth time the Millers had been relegated from the Championship in the last eight seasons. That statistic tells you they are adept at bouncing back to the second tier, spending only a single season at the lower level in their last three seasons there.

The club had three managers last season, with Matt Taylor sacked in November and Leam Richardson taking charge for most of the rest of the campaign until he too was fired in April, a fortnight after their relegation was confirmed.

Steve Evans left League One Stevenage to return to Rotherham for the final three matches of the season. The new boss collected four of their 27 points in those three games, picking up a confidence-boosting 5-2 home win over Cardiff on the final day of the season.

The experienced manager, who was previously with the Millers from 2012 to 2015, has wasted no time in starting to rebuild the squad, releasing 11 senior pros including Sean Morrison, Lee Peltier, Shane Ferguson, Cafu, Sam Clucas and Tyler Blackett.

Always an active recruiter, Evans has already brought in three new signings with striker Jonson Clarke-Harris returning to the club after a successful spell with Peterborough, defender Joe Rafferty snapped up from promoted Portsmouth and midfielder Shaun McWilliams joining from Northampton after making over 200 appearances for his hometown club.

It would be no surprise to see Evans raid his former club Stevenage for more additions and he has a wealth of knowledge about League One and Two from his successful spell with Boro over the last three seasons.

None of the three teams relegated to League One last season (Reading, Wigan and Blackpool) even made the play-offs, and none of the previous season's relegated trio (Peterborough, Derby and Barnsley) were able to bounce straight back either, although two of them did at least make the play-offs.

Rotherham themselves were the last team to spend only one season in League One after relegation from the Championship. The Millers were 23rd in the second tier in 2020/21 but finished runners-up in League One the following season.

The Millers are the early joint-sixth favourites for League One next season at 14/1 along with Barnsley and Wycombe, while only Birmingham, Bolton, Wrexham, Huddersfield and Peterborough are ahead of them in the betting.

Rotherham are 9/2 to earn one of the three promotion places. They were promoted twice in Evans' first spell with the club, finishing second in League Two in 2012/13 before winning the League One play-offs the following season after finishing fourth.

The Millers survived in their first season in the Championship in 2014/15 and Evans left the club in September 2015.

Odds displayed were correct and available at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.

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