Paul Warne insists he is the man to blame after Rotherham were finally condemned to Championship relegation.
The writing has been on the wall for most of the season but the drop was confirmed after a 1-0 defeat to Fulham – another game they were competitive in.
The fitness coach has been in interim charge since November following the quickfire exits of Alan Stubbs and Kenny Jackett but was unable to stop the rot, with relegation coming on the back of eight successive losses.
Few would say that Warne had to take sole, if any, responsibility for the drop, but the former striker is one of them.
“There’s a little bit of embarrassment, I took the reins a few months ago and I haven’t been good enough to get the results to keep us up and that is on my head,” an honest Warne said.
“The performances have been okay at times but we haven’t got that strength in depth, but that’s my fault, it’s not anyone else’s.
“I don’t think anyone thought before today that we would stay up, we weren’t going to win eight on the spin. So to have relegated next to our name isn’t too much of a shock.
“Other people inherited similar situations and done better, I am the one who takes it home and doesn’t sleep. I take that blame.
“In my eyes I have done the best that I could but other people might disagree.”