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Paul Warne: Rotherham United boss admits it will be 'surreal' facing boyhood club Norwich City

Rotherham United manager Paul Warne admits it will be a "surreal feeling" when he leads his team out against the club he's always supported this weekend.

The 45-year-old grew up in Norfolk and is a big Norwich City fan, but on Saturday, he will be attempting to plot their downfall at Carrow Road.

Paul's brother Neil is still a season ticket holder at Norwich, and Warne says it will be strange going toe-to-toe with a club he's followed since he was a boy.

Warne will be hoping to come up with a gameplan to beat Daniel Farke's Norwich City. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It's going to be surreal I think. I'm not trying to play it down to the lads, I've told them that this is like a cup final for me," Warne told ITV News Anglia.

"I always wanted to play for Norwich as a kid. I went for a trial at 15, trained for a couple of days but didn't get a phone call on the Monday - it broke my heart as it would any 15-year-old kid.

"There was once in my career where I nearly signed for Norwich which would have been excellent, I would have played for free!

"I hope it's a really nice day for my family and friends and for myself, but it will be a nicer day if we perform to the level we can and give Norwich a right game."

Paul's dad Russell will listen to the game at home on the radio. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Sadly, Warne's father Russell won't be well enough to attend the game due to ongoing ill-health.

Paul has always cited his dad as "his hero", and Russell, who lives in North Walsham with wife Jenny, says he's immensely proud of his son.

"He's something special and he always will be to me," Russell said.

"He loves his football. I've enjoyed watching him grow and watching him play football through the different leagues. I'm so proud of what he's done."

Paul (right) poses for a picture alongside Pep Guardiola at the recent Northern manager's awards dinner. Credit: Family photo

Despite being tipped as certainties for relegation before a ball was kicked, Rotherham are currently on a seven-match unbeaten run under the stewardship of the man Millers fans call 'Warniola'.

As his reputation grows, he will inevitably be linked with other clubs, but he played a straight bat when we asked him if he had any ambitions to one day manage Norwich.

"I always thought we would move back to Norfolk, I love Norfolk," said Warne.

"You never know in football, you never know. But, one day I might wear the tracksuit. I might buy it in the club shop this weekend, how does that sound?"