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In Focus: Rotherham United

5 July 2019

Name: Rotherham United Football Club

Founded: 1925

Ground: The New York Stadium

Capacity: 12,021

Manager: Paul Warne

Last season: 22nd in the Sky Bet Championship (Relegated)

Rotherham United will be back in Sky Bet League One in the 2019/20 season following on from their Sky Bet Championship relegation last term.

The Millers, managed by Paul Warne, finished 22nd in the second-tier which saw them suffer an immediate relegation back down to Sky Bet League One having achieved promotion up through the Play-Offs at Wembley Stadium the previous May.

Collecting 40 points from their 46 outings, Rotherham were consigned to relegation alongside Bolton Wanderers and Ipswich Town.

The side from South Yorkshire won eight, drew 16 and suffered 22 defeats, losing four out of their final five fixtures.

And Rotherham will be aiming to challenge at the top end of the Sky Bet League One table come the start of August as they look for a promotion-winning return in 2019/20.

Norwich-born Warne was appointed as Rotherham manager back in November 2016 when he succeeded Kenny Jackett in the hotseat at the New York Stadium having served the club twice as a player.

A midfielder, Warne began his playing career at Non-League level, turning out for Great Yarmouth Town, Diss Town, who he won the 1994 FA Vase with and Wroxham before turning professional aged 23 with Wigan Athletic in 1997 for £250,000.

He spent two-seasons at Springfield Park before switching to Rotherham in January 1999.

In the six-years that followed plying his trade at Millmoor, Warne made over 250 appearances for the Millers during his first spell.

In 2005, Warne agreed a deal to sign for Oldham Athletic, spending two-years at Boundary Park, making 86 league appearances whilst in Greater Manchester.

The Norfolk-native was later on the books at Yeovil Town for two-seasons between 2007-2009 where he turned out 77 times for the Glovers.

Warne then finished his career with a three-year stint back at Rotherham prior to hanging up his boots in 2012 and moving into coaching with the club following retirement.

Initially taking over Rotherham on a caretaker basis following Jackett’s departure in November 2016, Warne was appointed as permanent boss in April 2017 following on from their relegation from the Sky Bet Championship.

The 46-year-old guided Rotherham to an immediate promotion back to the second-tier in his first full season as the Millers went up via the Play-Offs at Wembley Stadium, beating Shrewsbury Town – and he will be hoping for similar fortunes with Rotherham for the upcoming term.

In total against Rotherham, TRFC have won 24, drawn 16 and lost 26, suffering a 2-1 defeat at Prenton Park in their last meeting back in January 2014.

In 2019/20, Micky Mellon’s men will visit the New York Stadium on 31st August before welcoming the Millers to the Wirral on 13th April.


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