Guy Branston column: Rotherham United have an unbelievable opportunity, one we have probably never had before

Tony Stewart has said this week that Paul Warne could stay in the manager’s job beyond the end of the season.

That would be fine with me but if they are going to give it him they need to do it in good time because he is going to need to plan. We don’t want to be rushing around again in June and July trying to get players in.

I like the idea of having time to plan. But this is an industry where people like to rush at stuff and having Warney in charge now gives Rotherham United an unbelievable opportunity they have probably never had before.

For once we can take our time, interview people that are best suited to the job, get advice from football people and employ someone who wants to be successful for the club.

They need to take time to interview people and if they still think Warney is the best man for the job then give it him from April onwards and give him the time to breathe.

People might say it would be the cheap option to give it Warney, but why would it be? He still has to get paid. You can go and get a merry-go-round manager that the fans want and pay him loads but then end up sacking him next season.

I honestly think that he is a good fit and with the people around him, you are getting good value for money and people who care about the football club. I would like to see him given the opportunity to start next season with his team because this isn’t his team yet.

But I trust what the club will do. It’s the chairman’s decision, it’s his money at the end of the day, he will bring who he wants in.

Players have to be selfish

Results clearly haven’t been great this season and there’s a losing habit at the club.

As a player it’s obviously hard to stay upbeat when you are losing every week, but the better sportsmen do it. The best sportsmen, not just footballers, are not defined by wins and losses. The lads who doubt their ability to train and compete at the level they are playing will see the self-doubt come in and linger.

Warney has got unbelievable mental strength and unbelievable ability to motivate and that is why he is the right man for the job at the minute. He has got that strength that has driven him to work at such a good level and excel with his career. He passes that on to his players.

Turning up feeling sorry for yourself on a Monday will affect your game, you have to spin out of it pretty quickly and focus on the positives. If you’ve lost you have to move on, it’s gone. You have to just keep on going, there’s 46 games you might as well enjoy them.

They just have to be selfish. What do you want to get out of the rest of the season? Is it a new contract, playing well against your old club or looking to stay in the Championship personally.

There’s nothing worse than tossing it off between now and the end of the season. The reality is the better you play now, the better chance of getting a better deal, better finances, a better lifestyle, if you’re single better birds and if you’re married a better home life.

Up the Millers!

*Guy Branston played over 100 times for Rotherham between 1999-2004 and again in 2011. He is an FA approved agent, qualified coach and owner of



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