Sangrias, suntans and new contracts for Warne and Barker on holiday

It was not your average opening day of a holiday for Rotherham boss Paul Warne.

Warne along with assistant manager Richie Barker and their respective families jetted out for a well-earned break on Thursday, just days after guiding the Millers to promotion with victory in the League One play-off final at Wembley.

But there was still work on the agenda as along with the sangrias and topping up an already impressive suntan, Warne and Barker found time to pen new contracts.


In similar fashion to four years ago when Steve Evans was in charge, chairman Tony Stewart rewarded his manager for sending the club to the Championship with a three-year deal.

The new terms replace the one-year rolling contract Warne was on, giving the boss much more security and presumably a pay rise as well.

Warne has emulated Evans by winning promotion to the Championship and then getting a new deal, but that is where the similarities will stop.

While Evans’ ‘quantity over quality’ transfer style meant that 15 players came in immediately after promotion, Warne has promised that there will be no wasted cash.

“Every decision we make, whether it be concerning recruitment or the staff and players, we’re always respectful of the budget and we try not to waste a penny,” Warne said.

“We always try and invest to the benefit of the club and we fully endorse the lads and all the hard work both on the pitch and in the community.


“We’ll keep trying to sign good people and good footballers and I think with that team ethic we’ve seen this season how crucial their allegiance to this club is.

“It’s not about the ‘me’ it’s about the ‘we’ and that’s what we want here at Rotherham United.”

Along with Warne and Barker, coaches Matt Hamshaw and Mike Pollitt are rewarded with new contracts.


“We’ve now got the manager and the assistant manager tied down to contracts that we feel their efforts deserve and as a collective we all want to achieve the same goals in continuing to make Rotherham United a better club,” Stewart said.

“There were no hesitations from either party and it has been a pleasure to work with Paul, Richie and their staff for the past 18 months and we are proud that the association will continue for the foreseeable future,” he explained.

“The new deals are a fitting reward for their fantastic achievements this season and we are delighted with how they have brought the club together since being appointed to their posts last year.”



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