Millers chief Paul Warne cool on Blackburn Rovers talk

Millers chief Paul Warne cool on Blackburn Rovers talk

By David Beddows | 08/06/2022

Millers chief Paul Warne cool on Blackburn Rovers talk

 

ROTHERHAM United boss Paul Warne has played down speculation linking him with the vacant managerial post at Blackburn Rovers but admits it is nice that the club's progress is being recognised.

Warne is high on the list of bookmakers' names to succeed Tony Mowbray, who left Ewood Park last month after five-and-a-half years in charge.

Rovers' search for a successor has taken longer than anticipated, with former Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal and ex-Norwich City chief Daniel Farke among the possible candidates before taking jobs elsewhere.

Now owners Venkys are stepping up their search and Warne's achievements with the Millers, capped by a third successive promotion back to the Championship, have seen his name linked with the Lancashire club.

“I don't go by betting odds,” said Warne, speaking about the speculation. “I have never met anyone who bets on a manager getting a job.

“It's flattering that I'm the head of the football side here, so to speak, but it is more the job our lads did last year in winning a trophy and getting promoted from a very tough league.

“Why wouldn't Blackburn like what my staff have been doing here? They've done a brilliant job.

“It is nice to think we are included in people's conversations but I presume that's all it is.”

Wycombe Wanderers chief Gareth Ainsworth and Everton coach Duncan Ferguson are also being linked with the job at Blackburn, who were on course for the Championship play-offs last season before a drop in form saw them fall away and Mowbray subsequently leave at the end of his contract.

Warne is pressing on with matters closer to home and bringing in new players who can give the club a fighting chance back in the second tier next season.

He added: “I thoroughly enjoy the job here. We have a massive challenge again here this year and I am fully focussed on doing that until I get told otherwise.

“I am enjoying what I am doing here, as I always have.”