Rotherham United coach Paul Warne said that winning promotion from League Two didn’t sink in until the following day, and admitted his relief at escaping the end-of-season play-offs.
Speaking exclusively to www.themillers.co.uk, the Millers coach, who is preparing for his forthcoming testimonial spoke of the relief that overcame him during the post-match celebrations.
“It’s a great achievement and I’m really happy, although it sunk into me more on Sunday than it did at the time. Saturday felt like more of a relief that we’d made it because I thought with how we’d finished the season, if we didn’t win, it would have been a tough play off campaign, especially as it was all in our hands, it would have been tough mentally. The squad that the gaffer had put together over the summer was always more than capable of being promoted and the end of season form obviously showed that.”
A fans favourite during his time as a player, Warney couldn’t help himself but thank the supporters on behalf of the team, especially those who have put the miles in this season, including no less than three trips to Devon.
“I know a lot of the Rotherham fans, and I’ve been with the club a long time now so I’m absolutely buzzing for them, and when I went to the dinner Saturday night it was good to see the staff behind the scenes and how happy they were. It was the same when I was speaking to people at Wigan recently who are the same staff in the Premier League as they were when I was there, and it’s the same here, so it’s nice for them.
“I was speaking to someone at the dinner who mentioned the away following and what a help that has been. Our support on the road this year has been amazing and our away record has been very good also, so the people who travel the country following the club deserve a mention.”
A member of the squad that achieved back-to-back promotions to the Championship under Ronnie Moore, the Millers coach has set his sights on the current crop repeating that feat again.
“We’ve under achieved for a few years so it was especially good to get over the finish line. We’ve got a good squad but that makes us the team that everyone wants to beat, in the stadium everyone wants to have so it’s still hard to win games. I think with the squad that has been assembled and a few additions, we’re in a position to push on in League One and try and get up again,” he added.