Rotherham United: Warne’s new appointments if he gets Millers job

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Boss candidate Paul Warne will bring in a new No 2 and add to his backroom staff if he becomes Rotherham’s United’s next full-time manager.

The fitness coach has been in caretaker charge since November and is contention with “two or three” outsiders to take the hot-seat, with a club announcement due early next month.

Warne, who is ready to accept the job after initially ruling himself out of the running before Christmas, would appoint an assistant manager, an experienced coach and a third helping hand.

“I’m well aware that I have certain skills and I’m well aware that I haven’t got certain skills,” he told The Star today. “I would like to strengthen on things I think I am weak at. I would bring in three members of staff, definitely.

“One of them would be a No 2 and one would be another coach to assist me and Hammy(coach Matt Hamshaw) on a daily basis, someone who has coached in League One and, preferably, has Championship experience as well.”

Warne inherited a near-impossible situation in November after the disastrous reigns of previous bosses Alan Stubbs and Kenny Jackett and the Millers’ relegation after three seasons in the second tier will be confirmed after the international break.

Chairman Tony Stewart has been impressed how Warne has lifted the dressing room and held playing matters together with a sub-standard squad during a calamitous campaign.

Warne, a club legend from his playing days, says taking the role would fill him with pride, but he would have no problem returning to his previous role if Rotherham decide to look elsewhere.

“It’s nice that the chairman has me in the frame because at least it means what I have tried to do in ridiculously hard circumstances has been recognised,” he said.

“It’s always nice to have the respect and backing of your boss, so, in that respect, I’m very flattered. But I’ve always said that if there are better people than me to come in and do the job, then ‘I’d welcome them wholeheartedly.

“If the chairman wants me to do it, the answer is ‘yes’, with a few discussions about certain matters. I’d be a proud man to be manager of this club. I’d have to do a few things to get myself up to speed.

“I’d have to spend some time talking with my wife and kids, because this last four months has been a bit bleak for my family life, to say the least. I’ve got to make the right decision for me and my family.”

Warne has been assisted by Millers stalwart John Breckin and would love the former defender and long-time No 2, now aged 63, to delay heading back into retirement.

“I’d like to keep Breck in. He’s been brilliant for me. He’s been a great help,” Warne said.

“He’s probably me in 20 years. I’m like the young Breck! He’s always got the club at heart. Wherever he goes, he’s a great ambassador for the club. He goes and looks for players for us all the time.

“The other day, we had some trialists up for a behind-closed-doors game with Sheffield United. There were trialists from London we wanted to have a look at.

“They came up on Sunday night and Breck went to the hotel to meet them and welcome them to the club and make sure everything was all right.

“I think people who care what the club looks like to outsiders are crucial to this club.”

Rotherham have no match this weekend and return to action after the international break at home to Fulham on April 1.

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