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Warnock determined to enjoy derby day

4 March 2016

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Neil Warnock says his first experience of a South Yorkshire derby as Millers boss is one he is relishing.

And the former Sheffield United manager is determined to drink in the special derby day atmosphere at Hillsborough after admitting it could be his last.

Warnock is no stranger to a local derby in this region after his stint as manager of Sheffield United, but after a spell away from the area the former QPR and Crystal Palace gaffer is determined to enjoy the moment in S6.

“It might be my last chance to manage a team at Hillsborough so I am going to enjoy it,” Warnock told Millers Player.

“I think that the derby games with Rotherham have always been special with Sheffield Wednesday, I think more so than against (Sheffield) United.

“There is a rivalry there and I am sure that the fans who are going to turn out on Saturday will get right behind us. It will be cracking game.”

After an eight-year stint at the helm of Wednesday’s bitter rivals, Warnock is expecting a lively reception.

For Warnock that is all part of the derby day experience as he looks to guide the Millers to back-to-back league victories. 

“There is no doubt that I will get some stick, but I would like to think that they will appreciate the humour as well, and that is something that is going out of the game,” he added.

“I think that South Yorkshire is the bedrock of football. People have told me about the London derbies and the ones in Scotland, but having being brought up in this area for me, these derbies are the ones.

“I am looking forward to my first one with Rotherham, I just hope that lads can perform and we are not fazed on the day.”

Warnock revealed that he has no fresh injury worries, with the likes of Leon Best, Jerome Thomas and Lee Frecklington all coming through last weekend unscathed.

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