Rotherham United: Paul Warne explains why he is feeling the pressure

Rotherham boss Paul Warne admits he feels under more pressure when his side are in League One.

Tuesday, 10th December 2019, 11:11 am
Paul Warne. Picture Tony Johnson

Warne, who has recently celebrated three years in charge of the Millers, is tasked with getting his side back in the Championship this season, having won promotion from the third tier two years ago.

The Millers are a bigger fish in this division, so Warne will know that results like Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Rochdale will not go down well.

It is proving to be a tough season as Warne totally rebuilt his squad in the summer, but he knows people still expect instant results.

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“This year I feel under more pressure than last year, I know that sounds strange,” he said.

“The level of expectation is greater, driven by the fact that we have done really well in two years.

“We played really well in League One and I think that for what we had we were excellent in the Championship.

“People expect us to be up there this year but we have built a whole new team. I am not trying to make excuses, but we are trying really hard. Expectation makes it more difficult.”

Warne is not naïve to the world of football management and knows that in the modern game, a couple of bad results can see managers lose their jobs, no matter how well they have done previously.

“If I lost three games on the spin and I lose my job I think I can hold my head up high,” he said. “Football managers don't have longevity at a football club. Fans get bored really easily, some will read this and like me, some will be at stage where they have had enough.”

“I am aware of how football is.

“People love change now, if you lose a game and now you're under pressure. It's the world we live in, people don't have any patience and they want everything now.”

Meanwhile, the Millers' FA Cup third round match with Hull has been had its kick-off confirmed.

The Yorkshire derby will take place on Saturday, January 4 at 12.31pm.

All kick-offs for the third round are delayed by one minute as part of the mental health campaign Heads Up.