Rotherham United: Hold on tight for Millers season No 4 under Steve Evans

Rotherham United chairman Tony Stewart
Rotherham United chairman Tony Stewart

Steve Evans’ first season at Rotherham United ended with a promotion party against Aldershot.

His second year climaxed at Wembley with the League One Play-off Final and promotion No 2.

His third ended with the Millers manager deliriously brandishing his tie above his heart from the AESSEAL new York Stadium balcony after the club had secured their Championship survival with a win over Reading.

And chairman Tony Stewart believes there could be more thrills to come as Evans’ side prepare to embark on their second campaign in the second tier in August.

“We’re in the entertainment business. I’ve always said that. We need to entertain our fans,” Stewart said.

“Under Steve Evans, I’m sure, there will be entertainment, there will be excitement, there will be edge-of-the-seat stuff. It’s going to be another exciting season.”

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The chairman and manager are confident the Millers can be a midtable team with eyes on the top 10 next season, and are working to bring in more new players after the arrival of left midfielder Aidy White and left-back Joe Mattock.

“I think we’d like to be above the middle,” Stewart said. “The ambition is obviously to get as high as you can. Is there a level where you could you say you’re satisfied? I don’t think so.”

Stewart has again backed his manager’s judgement by sanctioning moves for the transfer targets identified by his manager.

But both he and Evans are determined not to pay over the odds.

“There are people out there prepared to throw millions and millions of pounds at it. I think at Rotherham, we’re careful,” Stewart said.

“We run a business and we run football. And do you know what? Business and football, they’re the same thing, People said to me several years ago ‘football’s different to business’. No. It’s about investment, it’s about being able to maximise what you can do with your players.

“You’ve got a team of people, coaches, the manager, all aiming for the same thing. Steve Evans, I brought him in three years ago and he’s proved he can compete with the best at this level.”