Rotherham United’s Paul Warne understands Dan Barlaser’s Newcastle United recall

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ROTHERHAM UNITED manager Paul Warne has adopted a pragmatic stance regarding Newcastle United’s decision to temporarily recall Dan Barlaser.

The midfielder has proved his worth in an impressive season-long loan with the Millers so far, but has now returned to Tyneside, with the Magpies keen for him to self-isolate along with the rest of the club’s players amid the coronavirus crisis.

Warne, whose players trained this week, said: “They kindly contacted me and said that: ‘look, Newcastle’s policy is this’ and they want everyone to self-isolate and they would appreciate if I understood and allowed Dan to do the same thing.

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“It is their player who they kindly loaned to us and if we were fortunate enough to keep him next year, I need to keep those relationships open.

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“I could have had some legal wrangling and say: ‘look, I (Rotherham) am paying his wage’, but that is not how really how we work here.

“We want to keep relationships strong with other teams and respect what they want, so we have.”

Football in a sense of flux at the moment amid unprecedented times with no matches to be staged until April 30 at the earliest with the game effectively shutting down for the best part of seven weeks, a break longer than the school holidays.

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The contractual situation of players – with a vast number out of contract with their clubs at the end of June – and the situation with forthcoming transfer windows alongside scheduling for next season, whenever that begins, are likely to continue the headaches for football administrators for a good time.

It remains to be seen when football – and everyday life – gets back to some semblance of normality with no hard and fast rules as to what will occur in the weeks and months ahead.

Warne observed: “It is just a surreal place at the moment. There are loads of things that will happen that have not been seen before and have not been written in the laws before.

“I understand that the finish to seasons has to be the first of June, but that has been taken out by the EFL.

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“There is a lot of change and a lot of things which will happen in the future. But as much as we love football, it is not the most important thing at the moment.

“But hopefully, in the weeks and months to come, life will go back to normal and we can enjoy watching the lads run around again.”

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