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RUFC - Stewart 'aiming for Championship'

Rotherham United Chairman, Tony Stewart has told RotherFM that his aim is for Rotherham United to be in the Championship within the next four or five years.

He said that, after hearing from the Football League at 6.30 last night, he feels like he has been released. 'I knew we would be getting a deduction,' Mr Stewart said, 'and I thought we were looking at minus twenty. But, now we know what it is we can start to move forward.

'We have to look at the good season Rotherham United had last season when two thirds of the way through the season they got a minus ten penalty. I believe that if they hadn't got that penalty then they would have been in the play-offs or even higher.

'I took over the club when it was at rock bottom and the Administrator told me that I was the only punter who could take over Rotherham United and it was a big task. I looked at Millmoor and then at Don Valley - the last three months have been traumatic. I told the Football League that it was as though a shining knight had come in on a white horse and the first thing they did was shoot the bloody horse! I know the League have a difficult job to do and this was a situation I had never been in before and I had no knowledge of how to prepare for it. It was a new challenge. But everyone at my firm and the club gave me 110% support.

'The future is looking good and consent has been given for us to play at Don Valley and in four years time there will be a new stadium. I've seen the plans it's not make believe it's reality. I've been in meetings and it is going to happen.

'I've supported the manager and invested in new players and there are more on the way. Mark Robins has talked to the team and they are all up for it and we have to play every game like it's a Cup Final. I'm ambitious, the Manager is ambitious and the club is ambitious and our aim is for a new ground and to be in the Championship by 2012.

'And, if the supporters rally round then we know we can do this. I ask them to come and look at the team - we've made changes and there is a mixture of Youth and talent and the football is getting better and better. Come and try us - come and cheer us. Let's develop this club and let's see what Rotherham United can do for the town and let's make Rotherham United a team to be proud of.'

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Writer: Herringthorpe  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 7 2008

Time: 12:15PM

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Well you can`t say he doesn`t talk a good fight so i suppose it`s up to us now as supporters to back the team.
Mexbro miller
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07/08/2008 12:48:00

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07/08/2008 16:46:00

sounds like a good honest guy who is backing the club....good luck with this....its going to be hard but not least you are not on your own down there................
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07/08/2008 22:25:00

3 way fight at the moment at the bottom - of course, during the season the FL might decide to knock points off other teams too
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07/08/2008 23:32:00

I don't see Rotherham or Bournemouth in the religation battle to long . Both team squads are to strong , as you said herringthorpe there will be other teams with points dedudction as the season goes on . A report in the telegraph last week expects upto 40 clubs this season to go into admin.
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08/08/2008 08:57:00

Let's show the FL. Next May playoff final the -17ers (cherries V millers)
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08/08/2008 09:00:00


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