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22 December 2016

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Rotherham United interim boss Paul Warne says he is seeing no signs of the honeymoon period wearing off within his squad after taking the reigns on a temporary basis at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The popular fitness coach insists training has been positive and believes that his side can continue to improve as they enter the busy Christmas period.

“I told them that I’m well aware that when a new manager comes in you get a little bit of a response for two or three games, but it’s been four now and I think they’re getting better,” Warney told

“I’m hoping that over the next three games, if I’m still in charge they’ll keep their standards up. We’re trying to be positive with them and the training has been good and they’re enjoying it.”

Warne continued to add that there is no lack of passion for a shirt in the starting 11 amongst the Millers’ squad and training in recent days has given him confidence moving into the clashes with Wigan Athletic and Burton Albion.

“They’re just human beings and I just look at them as 10-year-old boys in adult bodies, they just want to play football and unfortunately in my job, I can only let 11 of 25 of them do that,” he continued.

“It’s a difficult job trying to keep them all motivated, but like I say the training standard has been excellent and it gives me massive hope coming into these two games.”

The interim boss finished by adding that the mood around the club has remained positive despite the league standings and that he has been pleased with how the players have responded to the ideas that he has tried to implement alongside John Breckin and Matt Hamshaw.

“I put it mostly down to my comedy skills,” Warne joked.

“The staff and the lads we’ve got are buying into what we’re trying to say.

“We had a meeting and I told them my honest opinions and if we’d won 3-0 I’d still have shown them the clips of good play and bad play and how we can eradicate the latter and try and improve on that."

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