Rotherham United: Happy Stewart eases pressure on Evans

Tony Stewart, left, says he has a great working relationship with Rotherham manager Steve Evans, right. Picture: Steve Ellis.
Tony Stewart, left, says he has a great working relationship with Rotherham manager Steve Evans, right. Picture: Steve Ellis.
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Rotherham United chairman Tony Stewart insists manager Steve Evans is not under pressure to deliver back-to-back promotions.

Buoyed by their unbeaten pre-season tour of Scotland, Stewart is optimistic the Millers are equipped to compete in the upper reaches of League One when the 2013/14 season begins next month.

The wealthy businessman is delighted with the progress they have made under Evans and would love the club, sooner rather than later, to be plying their trade in the Championship.

But Stewart has told The Star: “Steve is not under pressure to take us up. I have had more discussions with this manager than the last three combined. We talk on a daily basis. He tells me what he’s thinking and I tell him what I am thinking.

“We are not looking for an impossibility. We want to compete as much as we possibly can do in League One.

“This is the most organised we have ever been going into a new season. It is a lovely feeling. I feel smug but I am not complacent.

“Our preparation has been superb and we have now got to go out and prove it in a higher division. We are not going into the league just to hang around and make up the numbers. We want to be in the top 10 positions striving for as high as we can get.”

Evans is expected to field a strong side tonight against Bolton Wanderers, kick-off 7.45pm at New York Stadium. It is the first of four home pre-season friendlies for the Millers. Before the start of the season, Evans side will also entertain Huddersfield Town, Middlesbrough and Barnsley.

Tickets for Rotherham’s Capital One Cup tie with Sheffield Wednesday went on general sale yesterday. Tickets will be limited to five per person from the ticket office at New York Stadium and anybody wishing to purchase a ticket must be added to the club’s database. Fans wishing to purchase five tickets must provide valid identification - passport or driving license or two utility bills.