Date: 20th November 2020 at 3:46pm
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The new substitute rule will start tomorrow for Rotherham United when they travel to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City, and Millers Manager Paul Warne is ready to ’embrace’ it.

Beginning today, the new rule of being able to play five substitutes in a game is ready to be rolled out – meaning that Rotherham, and all other EFL clubs, can name nine players on the bench and put five on the pitch as subs although this can only be done three times throughout the game.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post the Gaffer said that he is OK about it saying, ‘Now that I have come to terms with it, I quite like it. There are times when I want to make more changes after I have used all my subs but I have got to remember that I can’t make three single substitutes.’

Saying that there is an argument to say that this rule will help the ‘bigger clubs’ Warney went on to say, ‘I think it will suit us because it will allow me to keep the lads fresh.’

I would imagine that Manager’s will use all their options in the next few games – and I can see it being a big advantage in a busy Christmas period – but it will be interesting to see, say come January, if the new rule will be used as often.

For me I can see it being a bit of a commentators nightmare, now knowing which players have come on, which have gone off – or it could just be me whose wondering where ‘such and such is’ when he was subbed ten minutes ago!

 
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