NEIL Warnock says he has Rotherham United to thank for giving his career a new lease of life and the chance of a tilt at a record-breaking eighth managerial promotion.
The veteran boss who came in at the back end of last season and helped pull the Millers out of the Championship's relegation quagmire is now carrying on the good work at Cardiff City.
They've gone from 23rd place, when he took over in October, to the top half of the table after an upturn in results capped by back-to-back wins at his old club Leeds and Derby.
But Warnock rates the job he did at the New York Stadium among the highlights of all his years in the game and he'll take the opportunity to thank the fans when the Bluebirds play Rotherham in South Wales tomorrow.
“I wouldn't be at Cardiff now if I hadn't been at Rotherham,” he told the Advertiser. “They did me a massive favour, I think we were good for each other really.
“I loved every minute and to stay up was one of the best achievements of my career. The Rotherham fans were brilliant with me, I'll not forget that and it will be nice to thank them for last year and see some familiar faces.
"I’ve spoken to Tony Stewart quite a few times and I class him as a friend, his heart is in the right place.”
Warnock insists the Millers can come back from what has been a harrowing campaign and that installing Paul Warne as interim manager was a good move.
“The club will come back," he said. "It's hard to sustain things financially at Championship level for a long time and you have to regroup but when I talk to Tony he is so positive about the future."
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