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Paul Warne

Paul Warne

First Team Manager

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.

The 2018/19 season saw the Millers once again mount a valiant charge for Sky Bet Championship survival with Warne demonstrating that he had learned from his brief - but difficult - stint in the same division when he first took the managerial reins.

Highlights included a last gasp away win at Queens Park Rangers alongside home triumphs over the likes of Derby County and Preston North End, but despite being more than competitive this time around, the Millers just fell short and were relegated back to the third tier.

Charged once again with trying to conjure an immediate return to the Championship, Warne and his team were undaunted by the task at-hand and set about their business by stating their intentions with an opening day win at AFC Wimbledon. Early performances suggested that it would be another successful season - even on occasions that the results didn't match - and the Millers improved as the season ticked on.

In an emotionally-charged season in which the Millers lost a supporter following their away win at Accrington Stanley, defender Adam Thompson lost his father, Matt Crooks lost his best friend Jordan Sinnott and assistant manager Richie Barker mourned the loss of his brother Chris, Warne's men were keen to honour their memories and did just that with their performances on the pitch.

Having topped the division for a time before, the Millers were second in the league when the coronavirus pandemic saw the 2019/20 campaign to be curtailed. The outcome of the division for Sky Bet League One was decided on a Points Per Game basis, which resulted in Warne adding another promotion to his CV and giving him the opportunity to have another crack at the Championship.

In an unprecedented season, during which the Millers never welcomed fans to their home at AESSEAL New York Stadium, Warne's men once again applied themselves brilliantly.

More lessons had been learned by both players and staff and in a league in which the club had only won one away game in their previous spell, the Millers' fortunes on the road were significantly better this time around.

Despite not being physically at the games, Warne and his players gave Millers fans memories to treasure in the form of a historical first ever league double over near-neighbours Sheffield Wednesday, while wins over Derby County and Middlesbrough were also memorable.

With plenty of clubs across the division rooting for the Millers to survive, it went down to the final game of the season, with Warne's men needing a win at Cardiff City to stay in the division, whilst hoping the Rams didn't beat Sheffield Wednesday.

The Millers were excellent in South Wales and led the game convincingly until having their hearts broken by a Marlon Pack 88th minute equaliser, which would ultimately see them relegated in the cruelest of fashions.

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