Paul Warne is a son of Norfolk, true and proper but he wasn’t given the opportunity he craved as a youngster when he had a trial with his beloved Norwich City. He didn’t get a call back after that trial, so he had to make his way in football in a different direction. He’s not bitter about it, although it clearly scarred him to some degree.
At the weekend, he was in the Rotherham dugout having been named the Millers’ caretaker manager for the rest of the season. He had the majority of his family in the stands to watch their beloved Canaries take on Paul’s Rotherham.
Warne blinked back the tears as he spoke emotionally about what it meant to beat Norwich when he spoke after the game to Paddy Davitt of the Pink ‘Un
“My father is really badly ill, bless him, he is a Norwich fan. It will mean a lot.’
“They all want us to win, even my Dad, but don`t get me wrong to beat Norwich, I`m Norwich, my wife is, all the family.
“If you have ever been to Norwich, then you know you can only support Norwich because Ipswich is too far away and they are not Norwich. My brother was up, one of my best mate`s was up and both have Norwich season tickets. They wanted Rotherham to win more than Norwich. I have some nice messages from back home saying if Norwich were going to lose they would rather it was to us.”
Warne doesn’t think that a long term future in management is for him and he’s told his Chairman that but he’s agreed to take on the role for the rest of the season. He’s struggling to sign players that are up for the seemingly doomed relegation battle but he’s having a right go. The Millers only had one win to their name before Warne took over and now they have three in their last seven games, as well as some close defeats.
“I don`t want to sound like a romantic but my lads have spirit and heart’ he added.
‘If England play Spain and try to be better at football they lose every single time. If England play Spain and decide to put (Peter) Crouch and (Andy) Carroll up they might stand a chance.
“We do not have as good players as Norwich. That is the fact. We set them up to play ugly. No team wants to run back to their own goal.”
Good on you, Paul. Best of luck for the rest of the season, we’re rooting for you.