Chairman Tony Stewart has been credited with turning around Rotherham United’s fortunes as the Millers continue to prepare for life in League One.
Former Millers manager Mark Robins, now boss at Huddersfield Town, believes Stewart has done a “good job” in stablising the club off the field. The ex-Manchester United striker will renew acquaintance with Rotherham this afternoon when his Terriers side travel to South Yorkshire for a pre-season friendly. In their first warm-up match last weekend, Huddersfield lost 2-1 to League Two promotion hopefuls Chesterfield.
Robins, who was manager of the Millers between 2007 and 2009, said: “Rotherham come into this season on the back of a promotion to League One and I know the chairman wants progression. People may have been surprised when he said he wanted to get the club into the Championship within five years, but he’s backed his managers and they got promotion last season in the same year they moved into their new stadium.
“It’s a very good set-up, and [chairman] Tony Stewart has done a good job to get the club into the situation they are in now.”
It was over two months ago Robins made his first visit to the New York Stadium. He appeared in Paul Warne’s testimonial.
“I played there in a testimonial for Paul at the end of last season and really enjoyed the experience,” he said. “It’s a good place to go and play. The players won’t have seen the stadium before, but it is a good one with a good pitch.”
Stewart feels the squad Rotherham chief Steve Evans has assembled this summer is the “strongest they have had by far” during his tenure.
“There is an exciting nine months ahead of us as a football club,” he added. “We have a wonderful stadium, a tremendous squad of players and management team who want to win every game they participate in.”