Sorting out new deal for Evans is ‘piece of cake’ – Stewart

ROTHERHAM UNITED chairman Tony Stewart hailed his ‘perfect day’ after the Millers clinched their Championship return at the home of football.

Rotherham's manager Steve Evans.

The Millers returned to the second tier for the first time since 2004-05 following a stirring comeback against Leyton Orient, with the dejection which followed their previous appearance at Wembley in the League Two play-off final of 2009-10 contrasting markedly with the elation the United chairman felt yesterday.

Stewart said: “It was incredible; just a perfect day. To get to Wembley is one thing, but to win to get into the Championship – it doesn’t get better than that.

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“In six years at Rotherham, we have now had two promotions, back to back and the Championship is something the town, club and fans can look forward.

Rotherham's manager Steve Evans.

“It’s great. The adventure goes on. It’s the pinnacle for me. From starting at League Two and now being in the Championship, it’s progression and shows our ambition.

“I said six years ago that in five years we’d be in the Championship. I’ve let the people of Rotherham down because it’s taken six years. But joking aside, it was something we really wanted to do and with the new stadium and now promotion to the Championship, it showed we are serious about what we are saying.

“We have a good manager who has been on board two years and we are now looking forward to the challenge of the Championship.”

Stewart revealed that a new extended deal for manager Steve Evans is in the offing, and the Millers supremo is confident enough to suggest it is a formality.

He said: “It’s a piece of cake. We’ll sit down; it will be a picnic. There will be no surprises and shocks. Everything is transparent in what we do and we will sit down now we know where we are going – which is the Championship. It will be announced some time. Unless Celtic come in for him as I am told Celtic is his (dream) club.”

Stewart added: “Already, we’ve got quite a lot of players who are coming along and saying, ‘Do you think you will be in the Championship or League One?’

“They know what is what now and we can make good choices now.”