Rotherham United Manager Paul Warne has agreed a deal that will keep him with the Millers for another three years.
Also joining him on a three-year deal is his number two Richie Barker.
Striker Warney played with the Millers from 1999 to 2005 playing more than two hundred and fifty games before moving to Oldham, then Yeovil. The summer of 2009 saw him back with the Millers and when he hung up his boots he joined the coaching staff and was also given a testimonial at the New York Stadium.
Warney had taken over in the dugout a couple of times when Managers had come and gone but in November 2016 he was asked to be Caretaker Manager after Kenny Jackett left. It was a difficult time for the Millers with relegation well on the cards but Chairman Tony Stewart gave Warney the job until the end of that season.
Rotherham were officially relegated on April Fools Day after a one-nil loss at home to Fulham. Four days later Warney was given the Managers job on a rolling one year rolling contract.
The Millers had an excellent season under Warne who brought in ‘his own’ players, his own backroom staff and got what he wanted, and which I don’t think many people would have expected, a trip to Wembley. That trip ended with Rotherham being promoted back to the Championship at the first time of asking and prompted the Chairman to talk about a new contract for his Manager.
Like Warney Richie Barker had two spells with Rotherham, his first being from 2001 to 2004 where he made over one hundred and forty appearances. He returned in 2008 on a loan spell from Hartlepool and playing a dozen times and then signed a short deal the following year.
After a knee injury finished his career he joined Sheffield United’s Academy before the summer of 2010 saw him named manager of Bury’s Youth team. He took over as caretaker Boss at Gigg Lane in April 2011 helping them to promotion to League One and the following season was given a permanent deal. He’s also managed Crawley, Portsmouth and MK Dons before joining Charlton as first team coach in December 2016.
Richie was persuaded to join his old team mate Warney becoming his second in command just over a year ago.
Congratulations to Warney and Richie on their new contracts! Well deserved.
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