Rotherham United boss has a dream...

Steve Evans - in full flight
Steve Evans - in full flight
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Steve Evans wants to “dream” of the prospect of taking Rotherham from the bottom to the top of the English league pyramid, but knows how much hard work he needs to do.

The Scot secured his fourth promotion in a row when he guided the Millers into the Championship with a play-off win over Leyton Orient.

Two of those promotions came with Crawley and two with United and, after the fixtures for the new season were announced on Wednesday, the former Boston manager was able to think big again.

His side start against Derby - Championship play-off final losers - and then take on Wolves a week later.

“It (Wembley) was a wonderful occasion and the reality of what that occasion brings you only comes this morning with the release of the fixtures and what an incredible start the league have given us,” he told Sky Sports News.

“We are coming up against a former England manager (Steve McClaren) and it will be a full house.

“We genuinely don’t think there will be a Saturday or a Tuesday where we won’t have a big match. We host clubs from the Premier League and also ones that are local to us. We will try and embrace it, secure our place and then see what we can achieve.”

Asked if he can make it a hat-trick with Rotherham, Evans said: “I think the reality is you can always dream.”

Neil Adams’ first appointment as Norwich’s permanent manager appears to be a tricky one after his side were paired with Wolves on the opening day.

The Carrow Road board opted to give Adams the top job despite him failing to keep the Canaries in the Premier League as a caretaker, with his first chance to impress coming on August 9 at the home of Kenny Jackett’s League One Champions.

The other two relegated Premier League sides also start on the road, with Cardiff going to Blackburn and Fulham making the trip east to Ipswich.

League One runners-up Brentford start at home to Charlton.

Elsewhere, Leeds - expected to be under the management of former Forest Green man Dave Hockaday - start at Millwall while Sami Hyypia’s first game in charge of Brighton is at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

Huddersfield host Bournemouth on day one, Birmingham go to Middlesbrough, Stuart Pearce’s Nottingham Forest are at home to Blackpool, Watford take on Bolton and Wigan meet Reading.

Norwich’s first home game - on August 16 - is against Watford, while Cardiff and Fulham’s fans first see their men in action at home against Huddersfield and Millwall respectively.

The first East Anglia derby between Ipswich and Norwich is on August 23 at Portman Road - just the fourth game of the season - with the reverse clash on February 28.

A Yorkshire derby between Rotherham and Huddersfield stands out on Boxing Day - Evans’ Millers having already made a number of big summer signings - while Bolton will take on Blackburn in an all-Lancashire affair.

Derby go to Birmingham on the same day, Bournemouth meet Fulham, Ipswich go to Brentford and Brighton are at home to Reading. Charlton and Cardiff have been paired together, as have Leeds and Wigan, with Forest on the road at Middlesbrough, Millwall going to Norwich, Blackpool at Sheffield Wednesday and Watford at home to Wolves.

Owing to the way the calendar falls there are no New Year’s Day fixtures in the new schedule, so clubs will have to wait until January 10 for their first league outings of 2015.

The pick of those fixtures sees Fulham head to Cardiff - a game billed as a six-pointer in the Premier League but did not save City, despite their win - with Brentford and Rotherham renewing rivalries formed in League One.

The Easter programme falls on Saturday, April 4 and Monday, April 6, by which point things should be falling into place for the sides looking to get up to the top flight.

Norwich’s Easter comprises of Brighton away and Sheffield Wednesday at home, Cardiff’s is made up of Reading away and Bolton at home while Fulham host Brentford and go across London to Charlton.

Of the others expected to do well, Derby meet Watford (home) and Wigan (away), with Uwe Rosler’s Athletic also travelling to Middlesbrough on the Saturday.

The season ends on May 2 with Norwich at home to Fulham in a clash that has the potential to be vital, while Cardiff go to Nottingham Forest, Derby meet Reading and Wigan go to Brentford.

Leeds finish against Rotherham, Ipswich at Blackburn, Huddersfield at Blackpool and Bolton are at home to Birmingham. Elsewhere, Charlton meet Bournemouth, Middlesbrough are at home to Brighton, Watford take on Sheffield Wednesday and Wolves and Millwall square up