Mid-table the primary requirement for Rotherham United as they eye more quality

Rotherham boss Steve Evans
Rotherham boss Steve Evans
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STEVE EVANS says Rotherham United aim to raise the bar in their second season back at Championship level in 2015-16.

After finishing last term just above the relegation zone, the Millers’ chief is targeting a rise to mid-table in the first half of next season – which he believes would give the green light for further investment in the new year.

The Scot recently held budget talks with Millers chairman Tony Stewart regarding the club’s transfer plans this close-season and while he admits his long-term dream is to one day push for the Premier League with the South Yorkshire club, he is seeking a gradual rise, starting next season.

Evans, who has to plan for next term without Ben Pringle and Craig Morgan, said: “I think for every manager in the Championship, the dream has to be the Premiership, doesn’t it? As some clubs have proved, it’s not all about who pays the most.

“(But) we have a strategy here that the chairman puts in place. We will never under-spend. We can moan about not having the big budget, but we’ll never under-spend here.

“We try to get value for money, and we will try to do that over the summer.

“We will try to have a squad in place as best we can to make sure we are quite genuinely a mid-table team looking up.

“I think genuinely we can be a mid-table team that, come the turn of the year, can be having a little bit of a look towards the top.

“I think if we are doing that, our chairman will say yes to further investment.”