Rotherham United: Positive thinking as Millers chairman Tony Stewart looks to next season

Millers chairman Tony Stewart and son and vice-chairman Richard Stewart
Millers chairman Tony Stewart and son and vice-chairman Richard Stewart
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Chairman Tony Stewart believes the mentality he shares with manager Steve Evans can help drive Rotherham United forward next season.

The Millers aim to build on their survival in the Championship by turning themselves into a top-half team.

Stewart with Millers manager Steve Evans

Stewart with Millers manager Steve Evans

“People say I’m very positive as a person,” Stewart said. “I am positive. I’m all about what we can do, not what we can’t do. The manager is the same.”

His club have proved their character with successive promotions and then a memorable campaign in the second tier when they stayed up despite a three-point Football League deduction.

“Things in life, not just football, happen to test you, and it’s whether you can rise to the occasion,” Stewart maintained.

“At Rotherham, we seem to have done it, and I think we will carry that into next season.”

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He and Evans are targeting the top 10 and plan a summer of careful recruitment to help them achieve their aim. Evans has spent the last fortnight talking to players andsays the first new arrival could possibly be announced this week.

Stewart added: “I think it will be a hard season. I think it will be a testing season. ButI think we’re more prepared now.

“Like the manager, like the directors, I’m looking forward to a good season where we can compete at this level for a second time knowing full well that we have been through it once and knowing what we have to do.

Rotherham were competitive throughout their first season in the Championship under Evans, and Stewart said of the next campaign, which begins on August 8: “I think we will be more well armed and more prepared to try to play the best level of football that we can.”

The Millers have been linked with Sheffield Wednesday’s Chris Kirkland, but Evans has said he had been led to believe the goalkeeper will sign a new deal with the Owls.