Warne weeps for Millers’ fu­ture

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jonathan Valen­tine

PAUL Warne was re­duced to tears af­ter he was un­able to halt Rother­ham’s ter­mi­nal slide.

Warne, the Millers’ fit­ness coach, was plunged into care­taker charge when Kenny Jack­ett broke news of a shock res­ig­na­tion on Mon­day af­ter just five games at the club.

There was noth­ing he could do to change Rother­ham’s mis­er­able out­look, though, as goals from Jack­son Irvine and Matty Palmer gave Bur­ton a first win in five games.

For Rother­ham it was 15 with­out a win and they are now 13 points from safety, with League One look­ing like a cer­tainty next sea­son.

But it was not for lack of ef­fort on Warne’s part, who poured his heart out af­ter the match.

A teary Warne said: “It’s dif­fi­cult, I gave ev­ery­thing I could, and I am sorry that it’s not enough, it’s hard to take. I did ev­ery sin­gle thing I could and I am dis­ap­pointed be­cause we didn’t give the fans any­thing.

“I hon­estly be­lieved if there was a soc­cer god we would have won. I am not re­li­gious but I be­lieve in fate. I tried to put that into the lads and they gave ev­ery­thing.

“There is no more for me to give. I thought stupidly that would be enough to win the game but I was wrong.

“No one wanted to win this game more than me, this is my life, this is ev­ery­thing.

“No one is more dev­as­tated than me. I wanted to win for the fans, for my­self, for my fam­ily and for the lads and I just thought that it would be that day.”

Rother­ham are search­ing for their sixth man­ager since Septem­ber 2015 and Warne is adamant that he does not want it to be him.

He added: “Three days ago I said I didn’t want to do the job full-time and, un­sur­pris­ingly, a de­feat has done noth­ing to change my mind on that front.

“I ex­pect things to hap­pen fairly soon, I will carry on as long as the chair­man wants me to.”

For Nigel Clough, Rother­ham’s visit came at a good time as they were with­out a win since mid­way through Oc­to­ber, and there was lit­tle doubt about this re­sult af­ter Irvine’s 15th-minute opener as he slot­ted home af­ter good work from the im­pres­sive Chris O’Grady.

It was game over just af­ter the hour when a su­perb Palmer ef­fort dou­bled the lead, as the mid­fielder ri­fled in from 20 yards.

Tom Adeyemi put Rother­ham on the score­board with a con­trolled fin­ish, but it was lit­tle con­so­la­tion for the Millers as the fi­nal mean­ing­ful ac­tion of the game.

And Clough knew the im­por­tance of get­ting the first goal.

“It was hard go­ing at times – they were very spir­ited and put us on the back foot,” he said. “That was as badly as we have started for a while. It was nice to get the goal af­ter 15 min­utes.

“It was im­por­tant to get the goal and wear them down and break their spirit. I am dis­ap­pointed we con­ceded but it doesn’t de­tract from the three points.

“I don’t think we play as flu­ently at home. We will take the three points.

“Any­thing over a point a game and we are on course. Twen­ty­seven draws now takes us to over 40 points.

“To get to 20 points af­ter 19 games is promis­ing. We know in the Cham­pi­onship we could lose the next four, though.”

PICTURES: Richard Holmes/ProS­ports

SWEET SIX­TEEN: Matty Palmer scores the win­ning goal for Bur­ton

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