Former Yeovil Town midfielder Paul Warne has become a promotion winner in his first management job. The 45 year old was Rotherham United's manager on Sunday afternoon as his side beat Shrewsbury Town 2-1 after extra time at Wembley Stadium to secure the League One Play-Offs Trophy and to lift the Millers back up into the Championship. The victory ensures a quick turnaround from when Warne took over the reins from Kenny Jackett on a temporary basis in November 2016, with that role eventually being turned into a permanent one in April 2017.
At the time of his appointment he had been trying to manage an obvious decline created under previous regimes. Jackett had lasted just five games before throwing in the towel, whilst predecessor Alan Stubbs had managed 14 matches. With Rotherham rock bottom of the Championship, they were already relegated by the time Warne was given the job on a permanent basis, even though there was still a whole month of the season left to go.
As such, his side's immediate turnaround is an impressive one. Rotherham finished the 2017-18 League One season in 4th place, seeing off Scunthorpe United in the play-off semi-finals. On Sunday afternoon, in front of 26,218 spectators it was former Sheffield Wednesday defender Richard Wood who created the headlines - he headed home the opening goal and although Alex Rodman's 58th minute goal took Shrewsbury into extra time, Wood slotted home on the back post from a set piece in the 103rd minute of the game, to give the Millers their advantage.
Whilst Warne's piece of silverware in his first full season as a first team manager is an impressive one, critics may draw attention to the widening gap between Championship and League One sides. At the end of the 2016-17 season, the three teams to be relegated were Wigan Athletic, Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United. One year later, and all three have returned, with 2015-16 League One play-off winners Barnsley and 2015-16 automatic promotion winners Burton Albion being two of the clubs to drop back into Third Tier football after two years each at that level.
Link: Paul Warne : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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