Rotherham boss Paul Warne has got “no issues” with his budget as he tries to build a squad capable of mounting a promotion challenge in League One.
The Millers will try and bounce back from their Championship relegation at the first attempt and Warne will be armed with a “top-five” budget, hinting where chairman Tony Stewart might expect to see his side in the table next year.
Warne has described his funds as “competitive” but, particularly in the backdrop of a disastrous transfer window 12 months ago, knows he has to spend wisely.
“We had a meeting a few weeks ago about the budget and what the chairman would like to see from that budget,” Warne said.
“I think the budget is really competitive. I have got no issues with it.
“Now we have got to persuade the players to come in. Some will cost fees. You can have a good budget but you have still got to spend it wisely. That is what we are trying to do.
“We are going everywhere to try to watch players and get them in. I am pretty pleased with where we are if we get our targets, but I am also well aware that they could fall by the wayside.”
While the Millers might be looking upwards in where they want to be, Warne is not afraid to look the other way in a bid to get players in.
“I have always said I am not a football snob. My background is non-league. I have to try to spend the budget the best way I can to try to get the most exciting team together,” the boss added.
“There are opportunities to bring players in from the lower leagues. I look at Rochdale. They don’t cherry-pick players from the Championship but they are more than competitive.”