The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Chris Dunlavy

NEW Rother­ham United man­ager Neil Warnock says he came out of re­tire­ment to “give some­thing back” to a club he has al­ways loved.

The 67-year-old, who has won seven pro­mo­tions in his 36-year man­age­rial ca­reer, re­placed Neil Red­fearn on Fri­day and has been tasked with ex­tend­ing the Millers’ twoyear stay in the Cham­pi­onship.

“I’ve al­ways had a soft spot for Rother­ham and see­ing them fi­nally reach the Cham­pi­onship… I just thought it would be nice to try and keep them there,” said Warnock, who has signed a 12-week deal.

“I played here for two years in the late 60s. The flood­lights of the old Mill­moor are still vis­i­ble from this ground.


“It was a right ram­shackle old place but it had a great at­mos­phere. Fans on top of you, a right racket. I had two good sea­sons in the old Third Divi­sion and I en­joyed ev­ery se­cond of them.

“I re­mem­ber when I was man­ager of Sh­effield United, I lent them a cou­ple of play­ers when they were in ad­min­is­tra­tion.We didn’t charge them any­thing.

“And I’ve al­ways had a fan­tas­tic re­la­tion­ship with the fans here. I came up a few weeks ago. They in­vited me when QPR played. The hos­pi­tal­ity was great, the wel­come re­ally warm. Af­ter all that, I just wanted to give some­thing back.”

Hav­ing swerved rel­e­ga­tion on the penul­ti­mate day last sea­son, the 2013-14 League One play-off win­ners have strug­gled to build on that progress this term.

Twen­ti­eth when man­ager Steve Evans left in Septem­ber, Red­fearn won just five of his 21 matches in charge and was sacked with the Millers third from bot­tom. And with the win­dow now closed, Warnock ad­mits he faces a tough task.

“I just said I’d give it my best shot for 12 weeks and if that’s good enough, great,” he added. “If it isn’t, it won’t be for lack of try­ing.


“It’s go­ing to be tricky. If you look at our next seven fix­tures, they’re all teams in the top eight of the league. We all know it’ll be touch and go. But it’s about at­ti­tude now – the will to do a bit more than you have so far. I’m afraid you have to hurt a bit to get suc­cess in this league.

“Ev­ery man­ager has got their own ways. For me, it’s about find­ing a sys­tem that suits the play­ers. I’m not one of th­ese man­agers who comes in with fixed ideas and says ‘This is how you’re play­ing’. I see what I’ve got and work out a way to use it.

“More than any­thing else, I want the play­ers to stop wor­ry­ing and just en­joy it. I want to see crosses and shots and goal­mouth in­ci­dents. I want to see fans go­ing home know­ing they’ve seen a good con­test.That’s all I’m ask­ing for – just give your all.”

Af­ter a stint in the top-flight with Palace, Warnock, who will be as­sisted by old pal Kevin Black­well, says he is happy to be back in the divi­sion he won with QPR in 2011.

“I do love the Cham­pi­onship,” he added. “It’s my league, re­ally. Yes, I’d like to be go­ing for pro­mo­tion and play­ing in play­offs.That’s al­ways what I’ve en­joyed most. But do­ing a job like this, spend­ing 12 weeks try­ing to res­cue a club, it just ap­peals to me.”

WIN­NER: Neil Warnock has tasted plenty of suc­cess in his man­age­rial ca­reer and is ea­ger to suc­ceed at Rother­ham, in­set

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