Rotherham United: Millers planning underway

Millers Kieran Agard nets the winner against Port Vale
Millers Kieran Agard nets the winner against Port Vale
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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans and his chairman Tony Stewart have been pushing on with plans for next season even though they don’t know which division they will be in.

In both close-seasons he has had as Millers manager, Evans has acted quickly and decisively soon after the finish of the league campaign, having identified his targets.

He will also have targets earmarked this time but the obvious difference is that he doesn’t know whether they will be in League One again or in The Championship and his recruitment is bound to be affected.

But Evans will have certainly covered each of the two scenarios in his meetings with his chairman who has backed him to the hilt in his two seasons in charge.

Stewart won’t be reckless in his spending but he and Evans both have a firm intention to strengthen the squad and they will have talked figures. Squad strengthening will take on a different perspective if they did make the Play-off Final at Wembley on Sunday, May 25 and then get into The Championship.

They go into Saturday’s final game at Swindon in fifth place. Preston, in third, go to Crewe who could need a win to survive whilst Leyton Orient are at MK Dons.

To finish third, Rotherham have to win and hope Preston draw or lose and also hope Orient don’t win either.

If Preston and Orient both win then Rotherham would be certain to stay in fifth regardless of their own result.

Meanwhile, Kieran Agard is one of four nominations on the shortlist for League One Player of the Month.

The striker - who has 25 goals in all competitions - looks like being pipped as top scorer in the league with Bristol City’s Sam Baldock having scored three more and Peterborough’s Britt Assambalonga, two more, than his 21 league goals.

“It’s been a fantastic season,” says the 24-year-old. “I’m always confident I can score goals but this has exceeded my expectations.”