Date: 23rd May 2016 at 6:40pm
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Rotherham United Chairman Tony Stewart said he was disappointed to have to announce that Neil Warnock wouldn’t be coming to Rotherham.

Speaking to Jonathan Buchan of Radio Sheffield Mr Stewart said, ‘Neil Warnock came in for sixteen games and him and his team did a fantastic job.

‘We had talks with Neil and had an agreement, as he himself has said, then there was a gap in time and I told him it was important that we announced something. I insisted on having an answer because I wanted to get something on the website for 3 o’clock and it was disappointing to have to announce that he wouldn’t be coming to Rotherham.

”We wish them well because they did a fantastic job here and we are grateful for what they’ve done.

”But, as they say, one door closes and another door opens and after what we put on the website last Wednesday we’ve had lots of managers, some of high calibre, interested.

‘My view and the board’s view is that we will take out time because it’s important that we get the right person so there’s no time limit to it.

‘We are thinking about giving the new man a two year deal. There is no stereotype on this person but we’ll make sure that we’ve got someone who has got the knowledge and got the enthusiasm we’ve seen with Steve Evans and Neil Warnock.

‘The drive and passion is what Rotherham is about and that’s the DNA which we want to push forward with.

‘I will tell the fans that we will be cautious and take our time and make sure we’ve got a Manager who can move us forward because we don’t want to be where we’ve been for the last two seasons. Both seasons we’ve been in the Championship, in my estimate, have been disappointing and we need to get to where we can start climbing up that ladder and hopefully getting near to the goal of what my expectations are that we can get into the promised land. We won’t do that overnight but what we need to see is improvement season on season and I think the last two have been a bit static.

‘It wasn’t very good having three managers last season but I feel if we can get a manager who we can hopefully work with for the next two seasons while seeing the efforts that go into the youth management and the training ground.

‘The last sixteen games proved that we can compete with the top clubs and most of the team that got us there will be starting with us next season while three or four more players will make a difference and we’ll be looking at using the investment we’ve got coming from the Football League.

‘Rotherham’s in a good shape and we are looking forward.’

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