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READ | Significance of South Yorkshire derby won't be lost on us, says Warney

15 December 2016

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Rotherham United interim boss Paul Warne insists he will be reiterating the importance of Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday to his players in the build up to the Sky Bet Championship showdown.

Warne can call on triumphs in S6 both on the touchline and as a player and says the magnitude of the occasion won’t be lost on him or his coaching staff, as the Millers continue their quest to climb away from the foot of the second tier table.

“For fans, myself and people like Breck, we know the relationship with Sheffield Wednesday,” he told

“If you live in London and you come and play for Rotherham against Sheffield Wednesday, you’re not aware of it.

“My mate played for Ipswich and he played against Norwich and I, being a Norwich lad, was like ‘wow, that’s a massive game’ but maybe it wasn’t to him.

“I remember when Steve Evans was here he asked me to speak to the players before the game when we played Wednesday. He said look Warney, just explain to them what it means to people and I will explain to them what it means to people.”

The 43-year-old admits that he doesn’t expect the need to do anything out of the ordinary to fire his side up in preparation for the heat of the South Yorkshire derby, but will ensure that his squad are aware of the significance it holds amongst the Rotherham United supporters.

“They will be well aware but in fairness, every game they’ve played they’ve given me everything so, while it’s true that some of them have the experience of last year, in fairness, Hillsborough is on a par with most of the other stadiums,” Warne continued.

“They’re all massive games, playing at places like Fulham there was a good atmosphere and it was busy, as it was at Derby and places like that.

“For some of them, it will just be another game but I’ll make sure I reiterate how important it is to everyone in this town."

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