Derby County have announced the appointment of Paul Warne as their new manager to replace interim boss Liam Rosenior, who was relieved of his duties on Wednesday.
The 49-year-old has joined the club on a deal that runs until the summer of 2026.
Warne has decided to drop down a level to League One with the Rams after gaining promotion back to the Championship for the third time with the Millers last season, whom he leaves after six years of service as manager and an overall 13-year period associated with the club.
He had been given wide praise for how the Yorkshire outfit have started the campaign back in the second tier and he leaves them in eighth place on 14 points, just one point outside the play-offs. Rotherham have lost just one of their first nine matches in the Championship.
In dropping down a level for his new venture, he joins the Rams who are in seventh, also on 14 points. They are currently outside the play-offs on goal difference.
The club statement appears to have confirmed that the man he is succeeding, Rosenior, has left the club completely, despite reports suggesting that he would remain part of the backroom staff.
Warne has overseen over 300 games as a manager and alongside his three promotions with Rotherham, he added the Papa John’s Trophy to his impressive CV in 2021-22 too.
The club’s statement on his arrival read: “As was made clear in the summer, the board intended to take a period of time evaluating every aspect of the club and having done that, we believe Paul’s track record of success at this level fits perfectly into our long-term strategy.
“He has won promotion three times from League One in almost 300 matches as a manager, as well as the Papa Johns Trophy last season, and his recent achievements with Rotherham United highlight his ability and experience, two factors which will be vital in this pivotal season for Derby County.
"Paul’s arrival means the end of Liam Rosenior’s tenure as interim manager and, on behalf of everyone at Pride Park Stadium, we would like to thank Liam for all his efforts during an incredibly difficult period and in helping to stabilise the club under new ownership.
"There can be no doubting Liam’s hard work and dedication and he undoubtedly has a huge future in management. At this time, however, we believe the time is right to make a transition in terms of leadership and progress on the pitch."