MANAGER Paul Warne is pleading with Rotherham United fans to lay off old boy Jon Taylor, saying it will be "disgusting" if supporters abuse their former player in Saturday's South Yorkshire derby.
The winger left the Millers in the summer in search of Championship football before finally signing for Doncaster Rovers.
The two clubs clash in League One at the Keepmoat Stadium this weekend and Warne wants the 3,000-plus followers who will pack the away end to remember Taylor's three-year contribution to the club.
"I want us to be better people really," the boss said. "Please don't go to the game and think: 'Great, I'm going to have a few beers and then abuse one of our old players.'
"He was a great servant for us. He gave everything he could for us on a daily basis. On a performance basis, he was great.
"All the players who have played for me at this club will be loved by this club, I'd like to think. I don't want our fans to think: 'Ooh great, we can give Tayls some.' I think it's disgusting.
"I know some fans will read this and think I'm wrong. It's my opinion and I'm entitled to it, as you are yours."
Taylor, who began the season without a side, has made five substitute appearances for Rovers.
The 27-year-old played well over 100 times for Rotherham and Warne was keen to keep the 27-year-old at AESSEAL New York Stadium
"I offered him a contract but he chose to leave for two reasons really," the manager revealed. "I couldn't guarantee him that he would play every week. I can't give that guarantee to any player. I will not do that.
"Also, he truly believes through his own confidence and through his agent possibly that he could still play in the Championship. And why not?
"The fact that he had got employment down the road at Donny ... so what? Bless him, he deserves to earn a living. I don't understand the anger."
Warne fears that any jeering aimed at Taylor could backfire on the Millers
"Knowing how emotive Jon is, if you do decide to boo him you might as well pat him on the back because you're making him a better player," he warned.
"There is no benefit to my team if Jon is on the pitch and our fans boo him. Cheer our team and help the lads and show some respect, please, for a player who has played here and given everything."
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