Rotherham boss Paul Warne close to tears in emotional interview after relegation

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Rotherham boss Paul Warne appeared to be on the edge of tears in an emotional interview following his side’s Championship relegation.

The Millers plummeted into League One after a dramatic 1-1 draw against Cardiff, needing a win and a Derby loss or draw to survive.

Having led since the 10th minutes, though, a strike two minutes from time and a 3-3 split of points at Pride Park consigned them to the third tier.

And it was all too much for manager Warne, who has now yo-yoed between the Championship and League One for the last five seasons at Rotherham.

In an interview with Sky Sports after the match, the 48-year-old was asked for his assessment of the season which saw them end one point off survival.

The boss replied: “I’ve enjoyed watching our lads perform, being with my coaches and staff, but emotionally…”

And Warne has to stop mid-sentence, his voice cracking as he appears to be close to tears while looking down at the floor.

As the reporter asks is the manager is ok, the 48-year-old simply says: “It’s been tough.”

Rotherham’s relegation to League One is their third drop in five years, returning straight back in the following seasons.

Warne added: “We conceded at the end but they made it really hard for an unbelievable Cardiff side.

“I can’t ask anymore from my team. The only thing I could ask for is to take a chance or two.

“In a hour’s time if you phone me up, I’ll probably be a lot more please with what we’ve tried to go.

“But at the moment it’s an absolute acid taste in my throat and it’s going to take a bit of time to settle.”

Rotherham were leading in south Wales from 10 minutes in after Lewis Wing drove a 30-yard shot into the bottom-right corner.

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    When they went 3-2 down with 20 minutes to go, Rotherham appeared to be set for another season.

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    At the same time in the Midlands, Kamil Joswiak won a penalty which Martyn Waghorn converted for a draw and the Millers’ relegation.

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