Opinions divided as Warnock begins life at Rotherham

By Taylor Roth

@taylorroth72

Neil Warnock has been appointed as Rotherham United’s new manager until the end of the season.

The announcement was made last Thursday, only two days before the Millers drew 0-0 with Birmingham City.

The decision was made swiftly after former manager Neil Redfearn was sacked last Monday.

Warnock will lead the team through the remaining 16 games and is hopeful that they’ll make progress.

In a press conference last Friday he said: “At the moment it’s an opportunity over a number of weeks, 12 weeks until the end of the season, to try and get the right results.

“I love the Championship, I know it’s the league for me. It’s a hard league, it’s a grafting league, and that’s all I ask my players, to work hard and the fans will get behind us and the board will support us.

“As a manager that’s all you can ask and that’s why I’m here really, I’m going to try and enjoy it.”

Warnock has had a long career as both a player and manager.

He made his professional debut as a player in 1967 with Chesterfield and later moved on to seven other teams, including Rotherham United and York City.

He also has an extensive and successful CV of managerial positions, including stints at Sheffield United, QPR and Leeds United.

Warnock commented that although this is his 15th comeback, he is excited to be back in the area.

He said: “I came a few weeks ago and really was welcomed by the fans and the board and the hospitality at Rotherham has always been second to none for me. I was a player here for two years and I had a great two years.

“The South Yorkshire area is very special to me. I had a great time at Sheffield and I like to think I helped Rotherham at that time as well when they were going into administration.”

Although many are excited about Warnock being back in the region, he is a divisive figure.

He has been known for his outbursts at refs and controversial actions, such as wearing a Sheffield United tie ahead of Bury’s match with the Blades, despite being Bury’s manager at the time.

Online, the news of Warnock’s return has produced mixed emotions.

Warnock is aware of the criticism but is confident in himself.

He said: “I know I’m a decent manager, I know the players like playing for me, I know that other people, other managers in other clubs don’t like me at all, but you know it’s part of the territory, isn’t it?”

He laughed and said: “I’m looking forward to places like Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich where I get really good report and I’ve missed a little bit of that if I’m honest.”

Rotherham’s next match will be away at Burnley on Saturday 20 February.

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