Rotherham United boss Steve Evans is relishing the prospect of the biggest league occasion of his career tomorrow night.
The Millers take on Leeds United at New York Stadium in a sell-out Championship clash being shown live on Sky TV.
And Evans said: “Let’s be honest, people can talk about the size of clubs in Yorkshire, but there is only one giant.
“When you consider their history, that’s Leeds United. I’ve maintained that since even before I came into South Yorkshire to work.”
Evans once took his Crawley Town side to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in an FA Cup tie, but he believes tomorrow’s show is the high point so far in game where points are at stake.
“We’re looking forward to Leeds coming. After Blackburn, it will be another English champion,” he said.
“There have been some great New York nights under the lights.”
When last season’s Millers leading scorer, Kieran Agard, opted to join League One Bristol City after having talks with Leeds, Evans expressed his amazement.
“You can go to the deepest parts of Africa and people there will have heard of Leeds United,” he said. “That’s how big they are.”
Rotherham have made an encouraging start to life in the second tier after two successive promotions and lie in 17th place with 12 points from their opening 11 matches.
That’s only three points less than the tally accrued by Leeds, but Evans believes his side could even be above them in the table.
“Our performances say we should have six, seven, maybe eight points more,” he said.
The Millers will be without former Leeds hitman Luciano Becchio who faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a fractured heel in a behind-closed-doors friendly last week.