New contract talks on agenda for Rotherham United boss Paul Warne

New contract talks on agenda for Rotherham United boss Paul Warne

By David Beddows | 06/08/2020

New contract talks on agenda for Rotherham United boss Paul Warne


MANAGER Paul Warne will soon be sitting down to discuss a new contract at Rotherham United.

The Millers boss is in the final year of his deal and chairman Tony Stewart has opened the door to have a formal conversation about a new one once chief operating officer Paul Douglas returns from holiday.

Warne has grown into the job since stepping in initially as caretaker manager in difficult circumstances in 2016, guiding the club back to the Championship at the first attempt and repeating the feat last term.

After nearly four years in the job, he still feels there is unfinished business at AESSEAL New York Stadium for himself and his coaching team and would love to extend his stay, if the club is willing.

“Myself and Richie Barker have shown an interest in staying,” he said. “We have ten months of our contracts to go. We are a long way into the journey but still think there is more we want to do.

“If the club wants to keep us then great.

“I would like to think it is supportive of what we do. We are trying to work towards consolidating Rotherham United in the Championship and to build from there.”

Warne appreciates the loyalty shown to him through the two relegations, the first when he was coming to terms with management.

Loyalty...chairman Tony Stewart.

He added: “I personally made mistakes the last time we were in the Championship so I will try to learn from them and fortunately I had a chairman who didn’t sack me when we got relegated. He stuck by me so I would like to repay a little bit of that faith.

“If I can stay, great, it’s whatever is right for the club. If it’s not right for me to be the manager and it is for someone else then I am more than open-minded enough to appreciate that.”

Warne, meanwhile, spoke to more transfer targets this week as the countdown continues to the big kick-off on September 12.

But with many Premier League and Championships yet to report back after the delayed end to the season, the market is slow.

Added Warne: “I need to sign two goalkeepers, two wingers, one or two strikers, a central midfielder and more full-back cover. Ideally if they can play in more than one position then it always suits.

“A few weeks ago things were fast and vibrant and everyone was trying to do this and that. Now it feels like the second week in May when virtually everyone is off.

“As I said, I need to sign two goalkeepers but as it has been with every keeper we have signed, it takes time.

“We didn’t get Marek Rodak until way into pre-season and Dan Iversen last season was similar.

“Because of the way the season has ended this year, the Premier League clubs aren’t reporting back for another week and they understandably don’t do business on the day you want them to do it.

“It is difficult but life is difficult. We can’t moan about it.

“I am confident we can strengthen our squad significantly but I have to be sure we get the right players in.”

Meanwhile, the small group of players quarantined after trips to Spain will return to training on Monday.

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