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New Rotherham United first-team manager Paul Warne says he is ‘honoured’ to have been appointed as permanent boss of the Millers.
The former player and coach, who has been in interim charge of the Club, has signed a one-year rolling contract at AESSEAL New York which comes into immediate effect.
After a tough season for the Millers, where he inherited a difficult set of circumstances, chairman Tony Stewart said earlier today that Warne had ‘greatly impressed the board in a number of areas’, leading to his full-time appointment.
Speaking to www.themillers.co.uk, the new boss welcomed the challenges ahead stating he would do everything in his power to achieve future success for the Club.
"I am deeply honoured and proud to become the permanent manager of this great Club,” said the 43-year-old.
“It is now a tremendous privilege to have been tasked with the responsibility of leading the Club I hold closest to my heart, and rest assured I will be doing everything possible to bring success back to the AESSEAL New York Stadium.”
Since taking the reins in December on an interim basis, Warne has had the opportunity to take stock of the Club on and off the field.
With future developments in recruitment, and with the current training facilities taking shape, Warne says there is a bright future ahead as he looks to implement his plans for future success.
"It has been a difficult season but whilst we are all feeling some pain at this time, the future for Rotherham United looks positive,” he added.
"On the field I am aware of where we have been lacking as a team, and there has already been extensive strategic planning behind the scenes to make sure that we improve in a number of areas including recruitment and an upgrade to the current training facilities. I want these changes to not only benefit the Club during my tenure, but I need to be satisfied that this great Club has been passed on in a stable condition for years to come.”
Warne’s final message was to the Club’s supporters, who he has encouraged to fully support his plans for the future, whilst also stressing his gratitude for the backing he has received during what has been a difficult time.
"The plans are exciting but above everything else the Club is nothing without the support of our fans,” he concluded.
“I want to make the AESSEAL New York Stadium an enjoyable place for our fans to come. I want them to be proud of our team both on and off the field.
“I mentioned my strong bond with the Club earlier. I have been hurt as much as you have with what has happened this season, but I know I have what it takes, with your support, to bring the good times back.
“I thank you for all the good wishes and support since I took over as interim manager, and I ask you to really get behind what we are looking to do here because I honestly believe the Club's future remains as bright as ever.
"The staff have been brilliant, and the players have also given everything for me. Whilst it has been tough, I have never questioned their efforts and I thank them for that.
“It won't be a quick fix but what I can say is that the long-term benefits of what we looking to implement will put the Club in a position of greater strength for many years to come. Stay with me, keep believing and, as always, get right behind the players for the remainder of this season and beyond."