Rotherham United: Warnock won’t keep Millers waiting

Neil Warnock
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Manager Neil Warnock has pledged to decide his Rotherham United future sooner rather than later out of respect for chairman Tony Stewart.

The Millers are desperate for the 67-year-old to remain in the hot-seat after seeing him answer their SOS call in February and lead them to Championship safety,

And, even though he would prefer to keep his options open for as long as possible, the veteran boss says he will deliver his verdict within a week of the final match of the season, at Hull City on Saturday.

“I think a decision will be made in the next two weeks,” he said. “I don’t want it hanging about because you have to work hard in the summer.

“I’d love to wait halfway through the summer, if I am honest, because jobs will come up, but I can’t because it’s not fair on the chairman.

“I do like him because he has been straight up with me every minute and he trusts me, so I am not going to dwell on it.”

Neil Warnock and Tony Stewart

Neil Warnock and Tony Stewart

Warnock wants to work in the second tier again next and has ruled out dropping down a division.

He is a hero to Rotherham fans after his survival miracle, where he led his side out of the drop zone by masterminding an 11-match unbeaten run, and only his desire to win a record-breaking eighth promotion is making him think twice about committing his future to AESSEAL New York Stadium.

“I don’t want to go to League One and I don’t think I’ll be able to go the other way (to the Premier League),” he said. “I think there will be five or six Championship vacancies,

“I think some of the play-off lads might go if they don’t get promoted. There might be one or two changes in teams in midtable and above, so I think there are going to be lots of opportunities.

Neil Warnock, Tony Stewart and No 2 and coach Kevin Blackwell

Neil Warnock, Tony Stewart and No 2 and coach Kevin Blackwell

“The chairman knows that the only reason I am hesitating is because, for me, the opportunity to create that record won’t come again. I want eight promotions. Most managers want a three-year deal. I only want one year.”

Warnock has achieved seven promotions as a boss in English football, a total only Graham Taylor and Dave Bassett can match.

The manager, whose short-term deal is about to expire, generally heads back to his Cornwall base after a game, but will be staying in Rotherham after the season’s finale at the KC Stadium for further discussions with the man who lured him out of retirement to save the Millers.

“I have opened talks with the chairman,” he said. “I have spoken about certain things. He wasn’t happy with some of the things I spoke about. We will be having more talks this week.

“After the Hull game, I am staying up all week and I will talk to him about everything.”

And Warnock, with a twinkle in his eye, hinted that there could have already have been dialogue between him and elsewhere.

“Who’s to say I haven’t already spoken to other clubs?” he said.

“People talk and opportunities are discussed. That’s been the same while ever I have been in football. It’s just that everyone denies that it happens because it’s illegal and we shoudn’t do these things!”

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