Rotherham United: Millers ready for promotion party

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It’s not often that you get 30,000 crowds in League One. Rotherham United’s players get the chance to play in front of one tomorrow.

They are intruders at the promotion party of Wolverhampton Wanderers, fallen giants who - exactly two years ago - were playing out their final days in the Premier League.

They fell straight through The Championship and arrived in League One having been riven by internal strife with accusations that players were being lavishly paid, on Premier League money, but caring little for the club.

In fact, when Kenny Jackett was appointed manager last Summer, he was told that the relationship between club, players and fans had broken down and he had plenty to do to turn it around.

Of course, with the parachute money still available from their Premier League relegation plus hefty backing as well, Jackett appeared to have a head start on the rest of League One but it still needed spending wisely.

The rewards are now clear with Wolves having clinched promotion last Saturday and set to be crowned as champions sometime between now and May 3.

It means tomorrow will be a promotion party with the 2,300 Millers fans part of Wolves biggest crowd for over 30 years and it is expected to top 30,000.

“What a game to be involved in,” said Millers boss Steve Evans.

“It’s not often you get 30,000 crowds to play in front of in League One and we’ll go there and embrace it.

“It’s their promotion party and I said right from the start that they were the team to beat and it’s no surprise they’re going to be champions and deserve to be.

“They appointed a fantastic manager in Kenny Jackett who has sorted them out and turned it around and I’m not surprised he has,” added Evans who has confirmed that Rotherham will have another pre-season trip to Scotland as they did last Summer.

“People talk about the money they’ve got with the parachute payment money whilst the club put in £27million on top of that but it has still got to be spent right.

“It’s a fantastic game and one we’re looking forward to and I hope we can show the Wolves fans how good we are and why we have done well this season.”

Wolves will include Nouha Dicko who had a great loan spell with the Millers up to Christmas.

“We’d have loved Nouha Dicko to have stayed with us,” said Evans.

“Kenny (Jackett) says he spotted him at Blackpool but I reckon it was Wolves visit to the New York Stadium because he saw what he did there and thought he’d better get him.

“There were seven or eight clubs in for him and, at the end, just us and Wolves, but we weren’t able to compete with them in the end.

“Still, we’ve not done too bad since he left us at Christmas - we’ve only lost twice since.”

Rotherham’s main doubt remains Lee Frecklington who has missed the last two games with a back injury.

Evans said he was fit but added: “Will he play? We’ll see at 2 o’clock tomorrow.

“We’ve two games at Easter - they entertain Port Vale on Monday - and it is important to manage the squad.”

He could make changes tomorrow and it is likely that over Easter those such as Haris Vuckic, Wes Thomas, Tom Hitchcock, Rob Milsom could figure.

n Rotherham will hold an Open training session for their fans next week.

It’s at the New York Stadium on Tuesday (11) and fans can watch the players being put through their paces.