Rotherham United: OAP Warnock giving Millers job his all

Neil Warnock
Neil Warnock

He’s 67 and accepts he has to take things a little easier, but Neil Warnock knows only one way when it comes to matchday.

Despite qualifying for his bus pass, the Rotherham United boss says he will always give his heart and soul on the touchline.

Warnock took charge eight matches ago and the Millers have won four and drawn one of their last five games to climb out of the Championship drop zone, making all the commuting from his Cornwall base worthwhile.

“I do get tired a lot, and the travelling is a long way,” he confessed. “The chairman has accepted that I have to do certain things during the week. I have to slow down a little bit.

“But I can’t change myself when I’m doing the job. I am what I am when I’m on the bench and in training.”

Another man putting in the miles for the Millers cause is Matt Derbyshire, who has gone from a striker to a hard-running wide midfielder during Warnock’s tenure.

Matt Derbyshire

Matt Derbyshire

Derbyshire has been a key figure as Rotherham have taken 13 points from a possible 15 but had to come off in the most recent win, last Saturday’s 1-0 triumph at Ipswich Town, with an injury.

Warnock believes the 29-year-old epitomises the spirit in the Rotherham camp as they have overturned a six-point deficit in less than a month to move two places above the bottom three.

“I would imagine he was knackered, the amount of running he has done,” the manager said. “I’m not surprised he went down. I was tired watching him.

“But he’ll be all right. He’s doing a job for the team. and it’s fantastic to see the effort and the commitment that these lads are putting in.”

Lee Camp

Lee Camp

This week marks the ninth anniversary of a career milestone for Derbyshire and AESSEAL New York Stadium teammate Lee Camp.

Derbyshire and goalkeeper Camp played for England Under-21s in the first match at the new Wembley, on March 24 2007, against Italy U-21s.

Camp, who was at Derby County at the time, started in front of a world-record crowd for an U-21s clash of 55,700, while Derbyshire, then plying his trade with Blackburn Rovers, came off the bench to score one of the goals in a 3-3 draw.

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