Rotherham United: Millers are ready to go

Millers Chairman Tony Stewart and manager Steve Evans
Millers Chairman Tony Stewart and manager Steve Evans
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Rotherham United’s top men say they will be ready to hit the ground running should Wembley deliver promotion tomorrow.

Chairman Tony Stewart and manager Steve Evans say they have planned for both eventualities, going up or staying put, whichever arises from their League One Play-off Final against Leyton Orient.

“We have discussed the two scenarios and there is a big difference but we have the same view and a chairman who thinks positively,” said Evans.

“Whatever division we are in next season, we want to put a competitive side out.”

Millers chairman Tony Stewart describes it as “an opportunity for a double promotion and to go on and do bigger and better things.”

He went on: “Already work and effort has gone on behind the scenes. It would be a challenge but one we’d welcome and I’m sure we can meet it.

“We have plans at this club. You have to plan step-by-step. You can have a vision but that’s different to planning. Planning is what you have to adapt to when the occasion hits you.

“If the occasion arises where we are successful, we will plan very quickly for what’s coming and we’ll be running, not walking, to be prepared for next season.”

Rotherham are trying to emulate the back-to-back promotions of 2000 and 2001 under Ronnie Moore.

“We’ll need to perform at our best, Orient are a top class side,” said Evans

“Both sides play open, attacking football but I have every belief in everyy one of these players.

Meanwhile, an interested spectator at Wembley will be new signing Conor Newton from Newcastle United.

The 22-year-old midfielder has been on loan for the past 18 months at St.Mirren with Rotherham having watched him there.

“We had to move quickly, we didn’t want to risk losing him,” said boss Evans. Other clubs were in for him with Wolves very interested.

“He’s athletic, energetic and gets up and down and I’m really pleased because he was very close to getting a deal to stay at Newcastle,” added Evans.

Goalline technology will be in use at all this weekend’s Play-off Finals.

Kieran Agard has been named in the Football League Show team of the Year with Ben Pringle amongst the substitutes.

The club leave the New York Stadium at 2 o’clock today and lots of fans are expected to be there to wave them off.