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READ | Paul Warne's pre-Shrewsbury Town press highlights

24 December 2019

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne was on iFollow Millers duty ahead of the trip to Shrewsbury Town on Boxing Day.

The Millers boss covered his plans ahead of making the journey to Montgomery Waters Meadow, having trust in his players, and the challenge Sam Ricketts' side will pose.

Full video content available HERE on iFollow Millers…

Paul Warne on training plans ahead of the festive fixture at Shrewsbury...

"We'll have Christmas Day off after a couple of days training earlier in the week, and then we will meet Thursday before setting off to a hotel in Birmingham. That's where we'll have our pre-match meetings as well in preparation for the game.

"Everyone is looking forward to it because Boxing Day games are always good as it gives you an opportunity to get out of the house, even though we're barely at home anyway."

Paul Warne on trusting the squad over the Christmas period

"I've got full trust in my players because everyone in this building is either someone I've bought or extended their contract, so there's nobody that I don't trust and there's nobody that I don't like, hence why I can give them Christmas Day off.

"Win or lose, it won't be due to the fact they didn't train the day before. I've had experiences where I've been in the car for four hours just to train for 20 minutes, and that was pointless. I have to respect them as men and humans; they're brothers, dads, uncles or whatever.

"They'll all have to send something in on the big day so they compare, but everyone will do something physically too anyway and then it's all down to trust."

"I want the players to enjoy being at this football club and being a footballer shouldn't be 24/7, you've got to live a life as well. It's about getting the balance right; some teams would be in training or at a hotel Christmas night which I did consider, but I've chosen to go the way I have.

Paul Warne on facing the Shrews...

"We've had two good games against Shrewsbury and we did well against them in the Carabao Cup earlier in the season, but I always remember that for Carlton Morris being knocked out.

"When we played them at home in the league they were really resilient and hard to break down. Obviously, it will be a different match this time around, but we're looking forward to the challenge."

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