Paul Warne has stepped down as manager at Rotherham United to take up the same position at League One’s Derby County.
Warne’s decision to depart Rotherham comes after nearly six years in charge of the club, during which he guided the Millers to promotion from League One to Championship on three separate occasions – twice via runner-up position and once via 2017-18 Play-Offs.
In a statement announcing Warne’s exit, Rotherham confirmed that they had granted ‘permission’ for him and his coaching team to speak to Derby after they had received an official approach from the Rams.
Warne was ultimately able to agree terms with Derby and has now officially left Rotherham, with the club confirming that although they’re ‘disappointed’ to lose him and his coaching staff, they send their ‘very best wishes and thanks for their commitment to their roles here with Rotherham United.’
Rotherham currently lie eighth in the championship standings and despite Warne’s exit, the club believes that this situation now provides ‘an exciting opportunity to bring in a new team of coaching staff with a fresh perspective and build on our excellent start to the 2022/23 Sky Bet Championship season.’
The club have also confirmed that work is already underway on appointing a new manager after ‘having received numerous applications’ and will confirm details of their new manager when appropriate to do so.
Derby meanwhile have now relieved Liam Rosenior of his interim managerial duties as they placed on record their ‘thank’ to him for guiding the club through their ‘incredibly difficult period’ and providing stability, as the Rams sit seventh in League One and seven points off the top two clubs.
The Rams also issued the following praise for Rosenior despite feeling that now is the ‘right’ point to bring in an experienced manager: ‘There can be no doubting Liam’s hard work and dedication and he undoubtedly has a huge future in management.
‘At this time, however, we believe the time is right to make a transition in terms of leadership and progress on the pitch.’