Rotherham United: Millers duo and their Premier dream

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans (left) celebrates with chairman Tony Stewart after the Sky Bet League One Play Off Final at Wembley
Rotherham United manager Steve Evans (left) celebrates with chairman Tony Stewart after the Sky Bet League One Play Off Final at Wembley
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It is just about the only hold up Steve Evans and Tony Stewart have had to endure since they came together and began their incredible journey at Rotherham United two years ago.

The new contract was waiting to be officially signed, manager and chairman were side-by-side in the New York Stadium, pen poised but someone had finally halted them in their tracks - it was the television people who wanted to show the signing live. But everyone had to wait... and wait.

It turned out to be several, frustrating, silent minutes before the Millers manager finally did the business on his new three year contract - a contract worth more since the club’s elevation to The Championship on Sunday.

“It took less than two minutes,” said Evans, no doubt glad he never did jump ship when interest from elsewhere, notably Sheffield Wednesday, was shown in him last year.

And if Sunday’s promotion brought its extra reward (plus an equally long contract for assistant Paul Raynor and improved terms for the staff including Paul Warne and Andy Dibble) factored into this new deal are more lucrative possibilities.

Some will consider it fantasy. Those in charge of The Championship’s newest (and possibly smallest club) will say that the extra reward for Evans should the club make the Premier League in the next three years says more about the club’s ambition and a desire simply not to be happy with what they’ve got.

“If we’re talking solely a survival job, then I’m not getting out of bed for that,” said Evans.

Chairman Stewart took up the theme: “We have three targets. First you have to establish yourself at the higher league, retain that status; then start climbing that league; then you start to hope and dream you can do what you can with the next target the Premier League.

“Steve’s a manager who will do his level best to get us as high as he can. That’s the expectation we have got. Who knows where that takes us.”

Added Evans: I have a saying ‘You can always dream’. How many many dreamt two years ago we’d now be in The Championship?”