‘My wife thought he was going to get mauled’ - Norfolk’s own Paul Warne targets Wembley repeat
PUBLISHED: 20:45 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 20:50 15 May 2018
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Norwich City fan Paul Warne admits guiding Rotherham to the League One play-off final would cap a remarkable revival.
Warne was appointed the Millers’ chief after his interim spell last season ended in relegation from the Championship with just 23 points.
Now Rotherham go into Wednesday’s semi-final, second leg home tie against Scunthorpe level at 2-2, with Carlton Morris and Ben Godfrey’s Shrewsbury awaiting the winners for a chance to get back to the second tier at the first attempt.
Ex-City academy starlet Cameron McGeehan denied Warne’s side a first leg advantage with an 88th minute equaliser, but the FA Vase winner with Diss wants to complete the job in front of their own supporters.
“If we could finish the season off with a home play-off win to take us to Wembley, then that is Roy of the Rovers stuff,” he said. “It is so close, but feels like a billion years away.
“There were some doubters when I took the job. I have got no criticism of them. Everyone has an opinion.
“But then there’s the other extreme, those who gave us a fair crack of the whip. The people who backed us, I thank them.
“It is a hard job at the best of times. But if you don’t have the support of the people you are trying to do it for, it makes it even harder.
“I think we have probably gained some respect after the horrendous deficit of last season.
“Fans definitely turn up with optimism and a smile on their faces and think the players are going to have a right go.
“In that respect, the lads have won already, although it would be nice if we could finish the season in an amazing way.”
Warne was Rotherham’s fitness coach four years ago when the Millers beat Preston to set up a Wembley clash with Leyton Orient.
“It was a great atmosphere,” he told the Sheffield Star. “Preston were a big club and it was a sell-out. I remember the lads really stepped up that night.
“It was pretty magical.
“But the more I talk about the previous magical nights, the more my mind runs wild that I do not want to be in charge of an horrendous night.
“I remember my son was a ball-boy, so I had to call him in with about three minutes left as my wife thought he was going to get mauled. But he thought it was amazing.”