NEIL Warnock, the man who inspired Rotheram United's Championship survival miracle in 2016, has tested positive for coronavirus.
The 71-year-old, now boss of Middlesbrough, is spending a spell in self-isolation and is said to be in "good spirits".
In three glorious months at the end of the 2015/16 campaign, Warnock led the Millers from near-certain relegation to safety after taking over from Neil Redfearn, inspiring a run of six wins and five draws in 13 games.
Sheffield-born Warnock, who lives in Cornwall, was not on the touchline for Boro's Carabao Cup home exit to Barnsley at the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday night.
The former Sheffield United boss turned down a new contract at AESSEAL New York Stadium in 2016 and eventually took Cardiff City to the Premier League before joining Boro last season.
A Boro statement read: "The club can confirm that our manager Neil Warnock has returned a positive test for Covid-19 and will be spending a period in isolation in accordance with guidelines.
"Neil is in good spirits and we look forward to welcoming him back after his period in isolation."