Warne weeps for Millers’ future
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.”
SWEET SIXTEEN: Matty Palmer scores the winning goal for Burton