Could Paul Warne bring stability to Rotherham United next season, following this woeful campaign and managerial mayhem?

Rotherham United’s spirited 2-3 defeat to fellow Yorkshire club and Championship high-flyers Huddersfield Town ensured the Millers made no progress to climb from the foot of the league table on 17 points.

For Rotherham, the likelihood of remaining a Championship side, for what would be a fourth consecutive season, seems extremely unlikely. The South Yorkshire side have managed to win just four games this season, all of them at home. In addition to a current goal difference of a whopping -38, there has been little to offer hope to the supporters.

At the start of the season, Alan Stubbs took charge of the club after leaving Hibernian but was subsequently sacked after just 14 games, winning only once. Then, former Wolves boss Kenny Jackett was appointed by Chairman Tony Stewart, bringing a new feeling of optimism around the club. It was not to last.

Jackett ‘shocked’ the club and resigned after a similarly short tenure, scraping one point during this.

The club now finds itself currently under the management of interim manager Paul Warne, a former striker at the club who is regarded by supporters very fondly. Warne, who made 292 appearances in a red shirt, was head coach prior to his appointment and has been given the responsibility of being first-team manager until the end of the season.

Warne, who has had no prior managerial experience, could manage the team next season in a more than likely League One campaign. Warne, however, is unsure as to whether he wants the job stating: “From day one, I said I didn’t see myself as a full-time manager. I possibly still think that.” However, Warne also hinted at the desire to continue his current role, contending that if the Chairman believes he is the best candidate for the job, then he would be happy to continue his role next season.

Supporters appear to have mixed responses regarding the issue:

Some would seemingly prefer another candidate:

I love the guy, and want him to stay at the club but I hope Paul Warne isn’t our manager next season #rufc

— Joe Evans (@rufcjoe87) 14 February 2017


While others relish the thought of Warne staying in his role:

@GeorgeS_Sport Without doubt, he knows the club, he loves the club and with the right resources and staff around him, can make it a success

— Rab (@Barmysam) 16 February 2017


Warne looks as if he has made an overall positive impact. Rotherham have arguably been unfortunate to drop points conceding late on in games and missing chances. They have infact gained three points  in fixtures against QPR, Wigan and Norwich under Warne.

Why has this season gone so wrong for Rotherham?

Rotherham Chairman Tony Stewart has to take some of the blame for Rotherham’s poor season and recently admitted his wrong-doings. The turnover of managers this season which perhaps is the key error has been his fault.

The wrong manager was appointed at the start of the season in Stubbs and then came more instability with Jackett leaving.

Moreover, some of the players that Rotherham signed have also been criticised as not being Championship quality.

But Stewart contests that he has learnt from this season and vowed to make no more mistakes with ‘bad signings’. He believes the Millers will go straight back up should they go down to League One.

The future would be merry for the Millers with Warne in charge:

Warne is the right man for the job next season, especially when you look at the current crop of available managers without speculating on possible departures from other clubs. He’s a man who cares for the club and knows it well as well as succeeding in the unenviable task of managing to motivate a team that looked in a broken state.

Warne has also received an abundance of support from supporters and fellow professionals alike, not least the backing of the Chairman. The support of the likes of former Millers boss Ronnie Moore is a prime example:

If Warney wants it , I can help and guide him , straight back to championship ?

— ronnie moore (@ronniemoore53) 14 February 2017


Warne would also have the help of new head of recruitment Jamie Johnson who has done an impressive job so far, bringing the likes of impressive Plymouth Argyle left-back Ben Purrington to the Rotherham ranks is a clear signifier of this. Johnson could prove to be an inspired appointment from Stewart, and will aim to avoid any poor signings in future who don’t fit the “Rotherham United jigsaw”.

What Rotherham United need most is stability at this current point in time and Warne looks the best bet in achieving this, whether the club remain in the Championship or not.

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