Paul Warne is the new manager of Rotherham United...
Following a board meeting this morning Rotherham United are delighted to confirm that the Club have appointed Paul Warne as the new permanent first team manager.
It was agreed unanimously that the position be offered to Paul, who accepted the post and will commence duties with immediate effect on a one-year rolling contract.
After what has been a very difficult season with injuries to key players, adding to what was an unsuccessful close season recruitment campaign, the board have been impressed with the way in which Paul and his staff have managed to get competitive performances in the most difficult of circumstances.
The Club are now stepping up preparations for League One, a process which is well underway in a number of key areas, including player recruitment and improvements to the Club's training ground facilities.
Paul is working closely with head of recruitment Jamie Johnson as we look ahead to next season, whilst he is also looking to appoint a new assistant manager to join the staff who will complement his own skills.
Speaking following this morning’s board meeting, Rotherham United Chairman Tony Stewart said:
“Firstly, I am delighted that following the meeting of the board this morning, Paul Warne has accepted the permanent position of first team manager.
“Paul has greatly impressed the board in a number of areas, in what has been a very difficult situation over the past few months.
“Paul knows the Club inside out. He is a Miller, through and through. Whilst he has held the title of fitness coach, he has always been much more than that under a succession of managers who have all tapped into his knowledge, motivational skills and coaching ability.
“He may be new to management, but all first time managers have to start somewhere. Just look at our Club as an example of the past where many of our most successful managers joined at a relatively early point in their managerial career.
“The Club has learned many lessons during the campaign but we are determined to ensure, under Paul Warne, that going forward we will play the type of football that brought us so much success in recent seasons.
“In Paul we have someone who understands this Club, and also understands the type of players and characters needed to succeed. As such, he will work closely with our head of recruitment Jamie Johnson, on what will be an improved and in-depth recruitment and scouting operation which is well underway.
“There will also be a greater emphasis on developing our own players more effectively to try and ensure greater long-term stability for the Club.
"We are already excited about what we can achieve next season, and in future seasons, with Paul as our manager in a new and vastly improved structure.
“I personally feel the same passion, enthusiasm and commitment for Rotherham United as the first day I walked through the door.
“Whilst we all feel the disappointment of this season, we have to put things into perspective.
“We have earned rapid success on the field with back-to-back promotions, followed by three seasons in The Championship. In reality, the infrastructure behind the scenes couldn’t catch-up with the success on it, but I wouldn’t swap those good times for anything, and the lessons we have learned will stand us in good stead for the future.
“Next time we are in The Championship, and I have no doubt that there will be future success for this Club, we will be stronger and the foundations will be rock solid.
“I would like to thank the fans for the tremendous support throughout my tenure here. I urge you all to get right behind Paul for the remainder of this season and beyond, and rest assured everyone at the Club will be working over-time to bring success and winning football back to the AESSEAL New York Stadium.”