Someone who is no stranger to Rotherham United supporters, Paul Warne hung up his boots at the end of the 2011/12 season in order to further his career as a coach. ‘Warney’ has had some experience of being in the dugout for the Millers in the past, filling the role of joint Caretaker-Manager alongside Andy Liddell following Ronnie Moore’s departure in 2010.
Following the arrival of Andy Scott, Warne played a key role in working with the younger players, reserve team as well as assisting with the fitness side of the club. He reverted to a full-time fitness coach under Steve Evans, a role he continues to perform under Neil Refearn.
In his two spells as a player with the Millers, Warne accumulated over nine years, including back to back promotions to the Championship in his first spell, before playing a part in the campaign that resulted in a play off final in 2010, where he was an unused sub.
Between his spells in South Yorkshire, Warne played for Oldham Athletic and Yeovil, picking up the 2007/08 Supporters’ Player of the Year with the former.
He was granted a testimonial in 2013 after more than 10 years service to the club in two-spells, and was a key member of Steve Evans' backroom team that achieved back-to-back promotions to The Championship.
Warne then served the club under the management of Neil Redfearn, Neil Warnock, Alan Stubbs and Kenny Jackett in his role as fitness coach before the latter’s departure saw him take caretaker charge of the first team in November 2016.
In January of the following year, it was announced that Warne would continue as the interim boss until the end of the 2016/17 campaign, having picked up wins against the likes of Queens Park Rangers and Norwich City.
On 5th April 2017, the club announced that Warne would become the first team manager on a permanent basis.
During the close season of 2017 Warne, alongside newly-appointed assistant Richie Barker and Matt Hamshaw, made several changes to improve the culture behind the scenes. A pre-season tour of Austria laid the foundations for a wonderful first full season in management as Warne guided the Millers to promotion after beating Shrewsbury Town in the League One Play-off Final at Wembley.
His honest and passionate interviews have won him much acclaim, with Warney now enjoying the challenge of leading the Millers once again in the second-tier.
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