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READ | This is a good day for Rotherham United - Tony Stewart

15 September 2020

Rotherham United Chairman Tony Stewart declared that today is a great day for the football club, after Paul Warne, Richie Barker and Matt Hamshaw were handed fresh terms at AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The manager Paul Warne, along with his assistant Richie Barker were handed contract extensions keeping them at the club until 2023, while first team/ development coach Matt Hamshaw renewed terms.  

The Millers Chairman was full of praise for the job taken by the management team to date and has backed them to continue to grow in their roles, as the club once again tackle the Sky Bet Championship in 2020/21.

“I’m ever so pleased to get them over the line because they are proven, tried and tested. They started with us three seasons ago now. There’s good team work between the three of them, they work well together and they’ve proven themselves,” Tony Stewart told www.themillers.co.uk.

“Paul Warne and his staff are young, vibrant, intelligent and part of the progress we have made. There’s a real good feel factor around them. The communication is superb, they want what we want and they are going nowhere.

“It’s a win-win, what’s nice to tell the fans is that they wanted longevity at Rotherham. They’ve shown what they can do and I still think they can achieve more. They are still young but learning very quick and it shows what they can produce over the last few years, it’s incredible.

“We had disappointment in regards to going down from the Championship, but to be rewarded with going back up takes some doing and we’ve done it twice. It’s a good feeling, they are good guys and we’re pleased to have them at Rotherham.

“The fans will feel that today is a good day, they’ve signed the contracts, everyone is happy with it and it’s a win-win.”

The Chairman insisted that his relationship with Paul Warne is the best he has had with any manager since taking the reigns, and is excited to see what the future holds now that the management team have committed their long-term futures to the football club.

“I am excited, we want to prove that we are fit and able to sustain Championship football and it doesn’t end there,” the Chairman added.

“We’ve talked about the recruitment, that is incredible and very important for Rotherham moving forward. Forensically now, no footballer comes into Rotherham before we’ve got all the interviews and all the data that we have to go through to make sure that character fits into this club and can wear the shirt. This is something that is working very well.

“I’ve had some good managers, but at the end of the day I’ve always felt it is important to be a facilitator for the manager. It’s all about being able to give them what they want, I try to do that and live within our means. We run this club like a business, we’re meant to be here for a long time, I’ve been here for 12 years and I think the way we run the club responsibly is good,” the Chairman added.


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