Rotherham United: Stewart targets back-to-back promotions

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans, right, with chairman Tony Stewart are already planning for next season
Rotherham United manager Steve Evans, right, with chairman Tony Stewart are already planning for next season
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Chairman Tony Stewart says that Rotherham United are heading in only one direction and that’s upwards.

“I said when I took over, the Championship was the eventual aim and that’s our next target, last weekend was a stepping stone along the way,” said the Millers chairman. “We want to keep improving at this football club and we set targets but if you get to the Championship, it doesn’t stop there, you still have targets.

“Promotion this season was the aim and you only have to look at how the fans, the town, has swung behind the club. Businesses in the town centre are revelling in their extra revenue.

“We are going to increase our gates again and we have a momentum that has taken us into League One and that momentum will continue and lots of factors can help take us forward.

“We want more success and we are heading upwards and we shall strive for the best we can get,” he promised.

“It is not just about Tony Stewart and Steve Evans it is about everyone at the football club, all the staff.

“I demand things and drive the manager hard and he drives himself hard and he likes success. And if we can have another day like that on Saturday then it’s worth working for.”

The club is to have a Civic Reception on Wednesday with an open top bus through the town to the Town Hall. Full details are still to be finalised but it is likely to leave the ground around 5pm.

Meanwhile, the players who took them to promotion will feature in a special celebration afternoon when they receive their League Two runners-up medals on Sunday at the New York Stadium at the Paul Warne Testimonial game which will feature the Millers against a Warney’s Legends team (2pm ko).

Left back Joe Skarz, who played the final six weeks on loan from Bury and figured impressively, has completed a permanent move and signed a two-year contract. Dan Kearns and Liam Ridehalgh are not being kept on.