Boss Steve Evans is about to put into practice one of the biggest lessons he learned during Rotherham United’s survival season.
The Millers manager met with chairman Tony Stewart on Tuesday as the club step up their plans to make summer signings.
And Evans declared: “Your recruitment has to be 100 per cent right, not 95.”
Tuesday’s meeting was the first occasion since the Millers secured their Championship survival that Evans and Stewart have discussed individual targets, and there will be no repeat of last year, when Evans believes he brought in too many players before the season began.
“It’s always got to be about quality in the Championship versus quantity,” he said. “In terms of squad numbers, I think unless you’ve got vast resources you have to put your rescources into quality.”
With Evans’ recruitment improving through the season and the Millers showing their famed team spirit, Rotherham finished five points clear of the drop zone despite being deducted three points by the Football League for fielding an ineligible player in the 1-0 Easter-Monday win over Brighton.
Evans added: “I’ve always believed, and it doesn’t matter if you’re managing in non-league or the Championship, that you need the people inside the football and the supporters to be with you 100 per cent of the way.”
“The one little thing that carried us over the line, despite the points deduction, is we’ve all pulled the rope in the same direction. There has never, ever been a division.”