Judge the Rotherham United, Ingesson and Toure on what they’ve done

Chairman Tony Stewart acknowledges the Millers' fans after the dramatic penalty shoot-out victory
Chairman Tony Stewart acknowledges the Millers' fans after the dramatic penalty shoot-out victory
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This column was going to pretty-much write itself this week. Prompted by a Wednesdayite colleague with a keen sense of the absurd, it was going to be all about Yaya Toure and Klas Ingesson.

It was going to draw a comparison between what appears to be the unspeakably mardy-arsed reaction of the Manchester City star when the club did not make enough fuss of his birthday, and the plight of the ex-Owls winger now suffering from cancer.

One apparently a crass and foolish egotist who happens to be a great football talent in a towering physical frame. The other a humble man making the best of a terrible condition with great dignity.

You have to hope for his sake that Toure is somewhat misrepresented in all this and that there is more to his outburst than missing birthday greetings or wanting a move. But the tale does him no good at all.

Unlike the story of Klas Ingesson.

The former Wednesday full-back with 57 Sweden caps is suffering from multiple myeloma, a bone marrow cancer, but refuses to give up his job as co-manager of Swedish club Elfsborg. He wants no sympathy saying: “It is every person’s right to be judged by who you are and what you do - not because you have an illness or a handicap.”

In Ingesson’s own words he “will continue until … it is all finished”.

We wish them both well. To Klas we offer our collective hopes for his health and gratitude for reminding us how unquenchable the human spirit can be.

To Yaya we offer belated birthday wishes and gratitude for reminding us that people, no matter how fortunate or privileged can be such self-centred pillocks at times that you can hardly get your breath.

That was it, column done.

Then Rotherham wrote the final twist-laden chapter in a magical thriller of a season. Much has rightly been made of the players’ never-beaten attitude and manager Steve Evans’ powers of motivation.

But the man who made all the glory possible is Millers chairman Tony Stewart.

Men of vision are found in all walks of life and cigar-chomping Stewart is one of them.

He had the guts and cash to bring Rotherham home to a new ground with an unflinching belief in the club’s destiny.

A destiny that took a huge leap forward on Sunday.

Any man would be happy to be judged on that.