Ahead of this weekend’s clash with Gary Rowett’s Stoke City side, Rotherham United chairman Tony Stewart has revealed his dream of taking The Millers to the Premier League.
In an interview with Sky Sports, chairman Stewart was asked about the impossible dream of Rotherham United achieving promotion to the Premier League.
“Talk to Huddersfield. Talk to Barnsley. When Huddersfield went up, we were spending the same amount as Huddersfield at that time, they went north, we went south.
“It’s not just about money. It’s about being able to maximise what you can do. There’s an element of luck – in anything, in life – but I think [it’s about] getting the right people with the right attitude to pull together, not just on the pitch but off the pitch.
“I’ve had 10 years. I’m still learning but I have learnt a lot.
“Yeah – the ‘Utopia’, the ‘El Dorado’, the ‘Promised Land’, as they say. It’s a target. Like all targets in life, even though it may seem to certain fans impossible, we have to try and dream and make sure we can make the impossible possible.”
The Premier League has seen some unlikely clubs play in the top tier in recent years, with Huddersfield the most recent side to go against the odds and fight their way to the Premier League. Blackpool’s promotion to the Premier League also came to a shock to the footballing world, as Ian Holloway guided the Tangerines to the promised land in the 2009/10 season through the play-offs.
Paul Warne’s side currently sit in 19th place, just out of the relegation places after their promotion through the League One Play-Offs last season. United have never played in the Premier League since they were founded in 1925.
Tony Stewart will be dreaming that Paul Warne can guide The Millers to a highly unlikely promotion, despite staving off relegation being the priority at the New York City Stadium.