Kevin Blackwell insists Rotherham got two managers for the price of one when they appointed him as Neil Warnock’s assistant manager.
Blackwell came to the Millers with Warnock last week after the 67-year-old accepted the club’s offer to be the man to try and save their season.
It renewed a familiar unison between the two who have been working on and off together since the late-1990s and although Warnock is the number one, Blackwell considers himself to be a manager in his own right.
“It’s BOGOF – buy one, get one free,” he said. “Myself and Neil have got a lot of experience in the Championship.
“At the end of the day, it’s very unusual to have two managers. To come back with him was really easy. We’ve both got that passion to win.
“It’s going to be a tough challenge but life is about challenges and whether you have got the courage to take those challenges on. Both Neil and myself have got very good records as managers so we are looking forward to the challenge.
“It’s always nice to be taking charge on the training ground. We’ve been doing it for 30-35 years, so it’s great.”
The 57-year-old, who has managed Leeds, Luton, Sheffield United and Bury, will take training during the early part of week while Warnock returns to Cornwall to tend to his sick wife.
The manager is expected to return to South Yorkshire at the back end of the week to put the finishing touches on the preparation for games while also doing what he does best.
“Neil has always had the ability to engender a team spirit and work ethic among his players and most of the players really care for him. That’s all you can ask as a manager,” Blackwell added.
“When we came up here, Charlie Austin sent us both a message, and players don’t do that if they don’t care. Neil has the ability to engender that.”