Rotherham United have been without a permanent manager since the 28th of November, when Kenny Jackett resigned after just 39 days in the job. Paul Warne has been in temporary charge since then, who has previously spent time at the club as a player and as fitness coach.
During his pre-match press conference before Rotherham’s trip to Wolves, Warne said that he expects the club’s board to appoint a new permanent manager before the end of the season:
Paul Warne expects permanent #rufc manager to be in place before end of season, whether it's him or someone else.
— Paul Davis (@paulm_davis) March 10, 2017
Paul Warne was seen as a popular choice by many of the Rotherham faithful to take the reins of the team in the short-term, with him showing little interest in taking the job on a full-time basis to begin with.
The Millers have performed better under Warne than under his predecessor’s Kenny Jackett and Alan Stubbs, with the players on the majority of occasions showing much more effort and desire in their performances as you would expect from a stereotypical Rotherham side.
But the South Yorkshire outfit have been unable to claw themselves back into fighting contention to avoid the drop. They currently sit 19 points adrift of 21st place, with relegation to be confirmed over the next few games.
Despite Rotherham’s perilous position in the Championship table, Warne has openly stated recently that the job on a full-term basis is becoming all the more appealing to him as the season draws nearer to its conclusion.
Whether it is Warne who is given the job permanently or if it is given to someone else, it is vital that the appointment is made before the end of the season. This year’s troubles all started from a terrible summer which saw the late appointment of Alan Stubbs and several rushed signings.
For the club to maximise their chances of challenging for promotion next season, a manager must be in place before the end of the season to offer them enough preparation time for what is going to be another important season next year.
Rotherham have been punished this campaign for a period of short-term planning and a poor board structure. This has been improved recently with Jamie Johnson joining as their new Head of Recruitment, but a Director of Football is still yet to be appointed.
They have several players who look ready made to impress in League 1, with the likes of Will Vaulks, Jon Taylor and Aymen Belaid all shining at times this season. But to be successful next year, the manager and players need to backed up by a successful board set-up, which has not been the case over the past few seasons.
Meanwhile, Rotherham have announced the permanent signing of Swansea City youngster Alex Bray for an undisclosed fee. The winger has been at the club since January when he originally signed on loan until the end of the season.
Rotherham United have been boosted ahead of their trip to Wolves this afternoon with Danny Ward being passed fit and he is in contention to start. While Wolves have Mike Williamson available after his suspension and Helder Costa may start after coming off the bench last time out against Ipswich.