Warne looks to Rotherham United's future

BIRTHDAY boy Paul Warne says he is looking forward to stepping back from matchday duties and concentrating his full energies on preparing a squad for next season.
Millers manager Paul Warne salutes the crowd at full timeMillers manager Paul Warne salutes the crowd at full time
Millers manager Paul Warne salutes the crowd at full time

The Millers boss, who turns 44 today, has plenty to occupy him, with a retained list to finalise and prospective signings to tie down.

He hopes to get one over the line this week, with others delayed due to the play-offs, but can now concentrate on moulding without the day-to-day distractions of a league season.

"I am looking forward to the pressure of matchday being away from me for a bit," he said after yesterday's Championship finale against Derby County.

Millers players salute the fans at full time.

"I can put my setting back to zero and might watch some of our games back and see what I did wrong. I'm going on a (coaching) course and I will be meeting players and agents and trying to sell them the dream.

"I have taken this job on because I think I can do good. If I can't then unfortunately I will exit the club, which is a sad day for me, so I am putting everyone ounce of effort in.

"We are not going to sign a 25-year-old Alan Shearer or a Lionel Messi. We will try and bring in realistic targets who can come and improve us and hopefully have a positive season."

Warne's duties will also include the appointment of two physios after the departure of Mike Preston and the retirement of long-serving Denis Circuit.