Rotherham United: Warnock job decison next week, say Millers

Rotherham United expect to learn next week whether manager Neil Warnock will be in the hot-seat again next season.

Thursday, 12th May 2016, 4:05 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th May 2016, 4:56 pm
Neil Warnock

The boss held talks earlier today with chairman Tony Stewart and a decision should be made public after the weekend.

“The meeting was positive and we hope to make an announcement early next week,” Stewart said.

Tony Stewart

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Warnock, who is based in Cornwall, travelled up to Rotherham for the discussions.

The 67-year-old led the Millers out of the drop zone to Championship safety this season in a memorable 16-match spell after answering Stewart’s SOS call in February.

Fan would love to see him stay and a ‘yes’ from the veteran manager could help push season-ticket sales towards a figure which would persuade Stewart to extend the 12,000 capacity at AESSEAL New York Stadium,

The number is 6,000-plus and rising, and Stewart says 8,000 would see him give contractors the green light.

“Next season, we have Newcastle coming down from the Premier League, and there are other clubs with big support,” he said. “If there are eight or nine games where visiting teams want 5,000 tickets and we can give them only 2,500, then you start hitting the calculator.

“If you’re losing out on X number of pounds per game in potential ticket sales, you work out how many games it would take to get that initial £5/6million investment back. It doesn’t make business sense to miss out on income.

“It needs the home fans to put pressure on me. If we had 9,000 season-ticket-holders, we’d be digging already. The home and away followings work together. You’d be biting off your nose to spite your face if you didn’t do it.

“It’s the home support that will lead this really. We need more home support - and that support is growing - to hit the magic alarm button. 8,000 season tickets would be the trigger.”

Tony Stewart