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READ | Warne's pre-Birmingham City press highlights

25 August 2022

Club News

READ | Warne's pre-Birmingham City press highlights

25 August 2022

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Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne spoke to the local media ahead of this Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Birmingham City.

The Millers will be looking to build on their unbeaten league start to the new campaign when they welcome Blues to AESSEAL New York Stadium, but the manager is under no illusions of the task ahead for his side.

You can read highlights from the interview below, with video content to appear on iFollow Millers.


Warne on team news...

"Dan Barlaser has a slight issue, which we are managing.

"Everyone else is green for go and we're good."



Warne on whether anyone 'put their hand up' for minutes in the league after midweek meeting with Morecambe...

"Nobody really stood out and I'm not saying that anyone had a royal stinker.

"The two outstanding players for me were Pelts and Ollie Rathbone but it's good to get game time into everyone.

"People need to play and get used to how we play.

"Ironically, we didn't play exactly the way that we normally do, which was a tad frustrating for me but the good thing is that I can feed that back to them today in the meeting.

"From a learning curve point of view and for the greater good of the season, it wasn't a bad exercise for us.

"It was obviously good for Brooke [Norton-Cuffy] who has only been in the building for a little while. Jamie McCart hasn't had as much game time as he's possibly wanted, so it was good for him and we got some more minutes into Scotty High.

"Tom Eaves might be a little way off fitness wise but had his first game back.

"Overall, as a performance, we weren't at our best."


Warne on Norton-Cuffy settling in...

"He's trained for a day and the day before a game isn't the most intensive of sessions.

"He travelled up on Monday, trained and stayed in the hotel. He played Tuesday and had a day off yesterday, so I've only just seen his smiley face again about 10 minutes ago.

"We'll have a look at him again today and see if he's in any physical and mental shape to play a part at the weekend."


Warne on any possible transfer activity...

"Any incomings are very unlikely as I talk to you now.

"I don't know how other managers do this because I choose not to listen to other people's press conferences but I have always been honest from Day One about what is happening and what I'm close to and at the moment that isn't anything.

"I don't foresee anyone else coming into the building with the names that are currently floating around or connected to me - none of that is true.

"Whether we sign someone else because a name pop up that I wasn't previously aware of, or becomes more available, then we'll say fair enough but I'm not actively speaking to an agent or player today."


Warne on whether anyone may depart on loan...

"There is always that possibility.

"We don't carry a big squad here, we've got 22 pros tops.

"I am aware that I don't want players to feel like they're trapped here. I don't want lads that think there are no chance of them getting into the team without two injuries and a suspension because it is hard to keep those players motivated.

"Other managers may have better skill sets than me, but if you're 24th or 25th at a club, I just don't see how you can turn up and train with no way in.

"However, the players that I will loan out if I do, could potentially play for us between now and January.

"If I keep a player in the building but don't see them getting in the team any time soon, but I do play them in November because I need them, isn't the same player that I have today.

"I have to accept the fact that I have to trim my squad and I have to accept that we possibly have a small squad compared to other teams but it is as strong as we can get."



Warne on possible bids for key players…

“Nothing fresh has happened as we speak and I’m not aware of any offers for our players, obviously that could change at any point.

“I think we’ve done very well this summer in getting the message across that we’re not prepared to sell players cheap.

“We want our players to stay here and be competitive, I’m hoping to get to the end of the window without losing any of my star players. We’ve recruited as well as we can and we’ll give ourselves a chance of having a good season.”


Warne on the transfer window…

“I don’t really like the fact that the transfer window shuts after the start of the season, it doesn’t make any sense, to me.

“It’s the same for every manager in every league, Manchester United are having problems with Ronaldo, for example.

“I would much rather start the season knowing this is the group I’ve got and this is what we’re staying with.

“I’ll be happy when it closes.”



Warne on Birmingham City…

“John has done really well. I know they lost at home to Wigan in the last game, but they had loads of chances to score.

“I think they won’t be disappointed with their start – obviously not over the moon either – but their has been some positives.

“They have a lot of experience in the side and we’re going to have to be at our very best, it will be a very tough game.”

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