Paul Warne reckons the man he is coming up against this weekend will one day occupy his dugout at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
Rotherham battle it out with Shrewsbury in League One on Saturday, a club managed by former Miller Paul Hurst.
The 43-year-old dedicated all-but the final four months of his career to the Millers, making 494 appearances across 15 years and at one point was thought to be the club’s all-time record appearance holder.
Hurst is managing against his boyhood club for the first time and comes to the New York as one of the hottest young managers in the Football League, having turned the Shrews from relegation favourites into unlikely promotion contenders this season.
The former left-back may be earmarked for bigger things – he was recently linked with the Sunderland job – but Warne reckons he is destined to manage the Millers one day.
“He is a local lad, I think it is his destiny to manage this club one day and I wish him well,” Warne, who Hurst’s team-mate for seven years at Millmoor, said.
“It will be amazing for him to come back, if it wasn’t me in charge there would be a part of me that wouldn’t mind seeing him win.
“I know he will have a lot of family coming, I would like to think that whatever the result is that the Rotherham fans will be extra special with Hursty because he deserves that.
“I would hate the thought of someone behind the dugout giving him abuse, that would kill me.
“We are better people than that at this club. I would like to think that Hursty would get a real special entrance because his loyalty or what he has given to this club has only been beaten by one gentleman I think and we weren’t even sure that was true.”