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Former Rotherham United striker Daniel Nardiello has described the Millers’ recent run as ‘phenomenal’, whilst hailing the impact of current boss Paul Warne.
Speaking to the Millers’ official matchday programme recently, Nardiello confirmed he watched the recent game at Oldham and has been impressed with his former club’s rise into the League One play-off zone.
Nardiello, who scored 23 goals in 51 appearances for the Millers between 2012 and 2014, believes that Warne’s honest approach is bearing fruit, after working under the Millers boss during Warne's time on the backroom team.
“He knows football and to see how well they're doing recently is phenomenal,” said the former Wolves and Barnsley hit-man.
“I remember Warney was always debating long term about what he was going to do, in terms of whether he would stay in football or if he'd attack some of the other interests that he had, but I think once he got the job at Rotherham, there was no doubt in my mind that he'd be a successful manager.
“It was a great result at the weekend against Shrewsbury and I'm not surprised at all and I strongly believe that Rotherham can get promoted this year and that's largely down to his man management skills.
“I went to the Oldham game the other week and from what I see he seems to have an honest bunch of lads playing for him and he's obviously got good staff around him as well.”
Nardiello was part of the 2012 side that won automatic promotion from League Two, and became a favourite at AESSEAL New York after his 19 goals in all competitions that season helped push the Millers over the promotion line.
The Welsh international worked closely with Warne and believes his man-management style sits perfectly with the Millers’ current crop.
“I think with managers for me, it's a lot about the relationships that you have with your players and how you treat them and I think he'll be excellent at that and I hear that he is,” he added.
“There is a place for giving your players a telling off, as long as it's not every 10 minutes. I think sometimes players need a kick up the backside, but I think he's an honest bloke and he'll be honest with his players.
“All of that coupled with the size of the club and the fan-base means I think they could do really well.”