ROTHERHAM United will arrive in the West Country well aware and well briefed over the likely impact a new manager could well have on struggling Bristol Rovers.
They appointed former Colchester boss John Ward this week for a second spell at the club following the sacking of Mark McGhee in the wake of a disastrous run.
Rovers’ fortunes had plummeted drastically recently amid rumours of dressing-room unrest and they have plunged to second bottom.
“They were third favourites for promotion so it shows what a difficult division this is,” said Millers boss Steve Evans who has skipper Ian Sharps available again along with left-back Liam Ridehalgh.
“We know what often happens when a new manager comes in. People get a lift, and my players will be made aware of what we can expect. Their crowd is noisy and they’ll get behind them.
“But the boys are buzzing and we are ready for it.”