Paul Warne's new contract, why he thinks Matt Crooks is staying with Rotherham United, Dan Barlaser latest and the hunt for a striker

Paul Warne's new contract, why he thinks Matt Crooks is staying with Rotherham United, Dan Barlaser latest and the hunt for a striker

By Paul Davis | 02/09/2020

Paul Warne's new contract, why he thinks Matt Crooks is staying with Rotherham United, Dan Barlaser latest and the hunt for a striker
Paul Warne


MANAGER Paul Warne is only days away from committing his future to Rotherham United.

The details of a new contract for the boss who has led the Millers to the Championship twice in the last three seasons have been finalised with chairman Tony Stewart.

Warne, who is preparing his side for Saturday’s League Cup tie at Salford City and next week’s league opening day at Wycombe Wanderers, expects to sign on the dotted line after the weekend.

There are also new deals for assistant manager Richie Barker and first-team coach Matt Hamshaw who have been key figures in Rotherham’s transformation since 2016.

“The chairman and I had a very simple talk,” said Warne on Tuesday. “I’d like to think it will be tied up within a week. The chairman wants it to happen and I want it to happen. I can’t see it not happening.

“There are no outside influences. We just haven’t yet gone and got the contract printed up.

“We’re both genuine and honest kind of guys. The figures have been agreed and I’ve said I’ll sign.”

The news will delight supporters who feared the manager, with less than 12 months left on his previous, three-year deal contract, could be lured away by a bigger club.

Warne took the hot-seat on a caretaker basis in November 2016 when Kenny Jackett quit, signed a one-year rolling contract following the inevitable relegation from the Championship in 2017 and then agreed three-year terms after leading Rotherham out of League One in 2018.

Meanwhile, the manager believes he will hang on to all of his star men for the forthcoming Championship campaign, even though Nottingham Forest have made enquiries about midfielder Matt Crooks.

“There have been no bids for any of our players and, the way the Championship is running at the moment, I don’t foresee any,” he said. “Coventry have spent a few million but there aren’t many clubs who are spending.

“In League One, with the pay structure as it is now because of the wage cap, it would be difficult for any team in that division to entice any of my players to leave.”


ROTHERHAM United are playing a waiting game in their bid to bring fans’ favourite Daniel Barlaser back to AESSEAL New York Stadium.

The midfield playmaker was a loan sensation for the Millers as they won promotion from League One last season but is now trying to force his way into the first-team frame at parent club Newcastle United.

Rotherham are monitoring developments at the Magpies and have made the Premier League side aware of their interest in the 23-year-old who is in the last year of his contract at St James’ Park.

Dan Barlaser

“Dan is a Newcastle lad and is chasing his dream to get into the Newcastle squad,” said manager Paul Warne. “If he doesn’t get into the Newcastle squad, I’d love to take him.

“Whether I can beat off competition for him I don’t know. I have to wait until we get the green light from Newcastle and the player that he’s available.”

Warne, who says the Millers aren’t looking to sign former Burton Albion midfield man Scott Fraser, is contemplating making a move for another of last term’s loanees, Bristol City winger Hakeeb Adelakun.

“I spoke to Haks a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “Nothing has progressed there yet. I believe there are a few clubs in for him. I haven’t ruled that out or completely in yet.”

Warne wants to sign a central midfielder — with Barlaser his top choice — and a forward before the transfer window closes next month, but no arrivals are imminent.

“We are still four or so weeks away from the window shutting,” the boss said. “I want something up top. The amount of chances we’ve created and haven’t taken in pre-season would suggest we need something else.

“I’d like to get a centre mid in. I think I need one. We’ve got only four and Ben (Wiles) is injured at the moment so we have only three going into Saturday’s game (at Salford City).”


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