Tuesday, September 17, 2013

News: Commercial director returns to Rotherham United

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Steve Coakley has returned from Sheffield United to Rotherham United as commercial director, a position he held for two year until 2011.

Coakley joined The Millers in May 2009 and was an important figure in turning around the club's commercial department and helped to guarantee year on year rises in commercial earnings.

After playing an important role in Derby County's move to their new stadium, Pride Park, Coakley took up the position as commercial manger at Sheffield Wednesday. He made the step up to the director position at Rotherham a year after local businessman, Tony Stewart took over as chairman.

During his time, the club has signed significant sponsorship deals with Puma and Sports Identity plus the continuing deals with Parkgate Shopping.

With less than a year before Rotherham United opened the £20m New York Stadium, Coakley took up the role of commercial director at Sheffield United.

Steve Coakley, commercial director at Rotherham United, said: "It gives me immense satisfaction to return to the club and see how much we have progressed in a short space of time.

"I am delighted to be reacquainted with everybody connected with the club, fellow directors, work colleagues, fans and sponsors alike.

"Needless to say our plan is clear - to continue to grow and build on what has been started and I (for one) am delighted to be back on board and looking forward to the exciting opportunities that lie ahead for all of us."

The team has made a promising start to life in League One after securing promotion last season and the record attendance at the new stadium was achieved at the recent defeat of Sheffield United.

The club has also added Paul Douglas, the current chief operating officer to the board of directors. Paul said: "Firstly, I am delighted to welcome Steve back to the club and we are all looking forward to working with him again.

"I am also very honoured to have been formally appointed to the board of directors, alongside my role as chief operating officer.

"The club has changed dramatically during my seven years here, and we are currently experiencing a new era of success both on and off the pitch and I am looking forward to an ambitious future with Rotherham United."

Rotherham United website

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