Being among European’s elite still not enough to convince Paul Warne of automatic promotion

Only four European heavyweights have taken more points than Rotherham in their last 10 games, but boss Paul Warne still does not think his side can achieve automatic promotion.

Bayern Munich (30), Juventus, Napoli (both 28) and Paris Saint-Germain (27) are the only clubs in Europe to be more productive than the Millers, whose 26 points has fired them into the League One play-off positions.

They are only six points off the top two, with second-placed Shrewsbury appearing to stutter, while third-placed Wigan have forthcoming fixture congestion owing to their impressive run to the FA Cup quarter-final.


If Warne’s men can mirror their form of the last 13 games in their remaining 13 then would be certainly be in the frame for an automatic return to the Championship.

But the boss reckons that is too much of an ask.

“It would be a complete lie if I said I don’t look at the top of the table,” he said ahead of this weekend’s visit of Doncaster Rovers.

“If it was six points between sixth bottom and mid-table it’s more doable because teams around the bottom half lose more.

“When you are chasing the top three, I know Shrews are having a little bit of a wobble, but Blackburn and Wigan aren’t. Wigan’s cup run might distract them but it might work the other way that they steamroller teams.


“We have still got to win two games to catch Wigan up without them winning, then they have got three games in hand where they can’t win any.

Keep on winning

“We are just trying to win football matches, that’s all we are trying to do.

“If we win Saturday, great, if the top three don’t win even better but then on Sunday you start looking at the next game.

“We are not even in the play-offs officially yet. At the minute we haven’t achieved anything, we have got 13 finals and hopefully we can get in the top six.

“I would love to be in the top two, I would have more holiday, go to Ireland to finish my coaching badge and drive away thinking we’d had a great season.”

Rotherham’s South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster make their first competitive visit to the AESSEAL New York Stadium on Saturday.

The Millers will aim to post a 14th match unbeaten and keep Rovers winless in Rotherham since the mid-1980s.

They will be able to do so with Joe Mattock following the left-back’s recovery from a hamstring injury, meaning Darren Potter is the only absentee.




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