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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins Rotherham United Preview

The manager returns to his former club this weekend...

4 October 2019

The Sky Blues are back on the road this weekend as they travel to the former stomping ground of manager Mark Robins.

The Gaffer was a player with the Millers, before taking over as Caretaker manager and then being awarded the job on a permanent basis.

Robins will face a reunion with the former team-mate Paul Warne, who currently manages Rotherham and during his pre-match press conference, Robins spoke of his time with the club.

He said: “I remember joining there as a player, it was almost 20 years ago and I was thinking about it the other day, I had great times there as a player under Ronnie Moore.

“There was a double promotion, I joined after the first one and then we got promoted to the Championship and after that, things started to go a little bit wrong, the owner sold the club and some supporters group took it over and tried to build a new stadium and ran out of money, went into administration and there was a lot of problems around it.

“I became Head of Youth and I was there for two years and it was a really good job and some of the lads in that group had been coached by Alan Knill prior to me really well, and when Knilly took over as the first team manager and then when Knilly moved on they gave me the job as caretaker and then I took over as full-time manager.

“That was my first opportunity, but again administration beckoned and then a seventeen-point deduction and we lost the ground, you know, familiar story. We lost the training ground and I remember the new chairman coming in and he was really good with me.

“We would’ve been fifth in the division, having said that we were playing in a virtual league, in an Athletics stadium and it was very difficult.

“But there were some really good times and the season after that we were top of the league and doing pretty well and Warney (Paul Warne) had left the club a few years prior to that and I brought him back to the club, I think he was 36 but he didn’t look it, he was a fitness fanatic and could run all day and to play with he was a dream and he is a great lad.

“He has loads of energy and has gone into taking the job on and won a promotion in his first season really and did really really well and there always a good club at this level and they will be fighting to get into the Championship so it’ll be a tough game.”

The Millers currently sit 13th in League One, having suffered mixed results since their relegation from the Championship last season.

Rotherham have endured three wins, three draws and three defeats as they look to bounce back into the Championship.

Robins is well aware of the threat that the Millers possess and is excepting a difficult challenge tomorrow afternoon.

“They’re strong, there’s no doubt about it they’re strong.

“They have good, athletic players I think that they’ll make one or two changes from the previous game where they lost to Bristol Rovers, but I think they’re a strong side and very capable.

“You would expect them to be challenging at the top end of the table and I’m sure that’s what Warney will expect along with everybody else connected with Rotherham.

“It’s a good club and in the last few years it’s been really successful.”


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