Stewart backing for Evans

Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart has backed manager Steve Evans to take the Millers to the Premier League after signing a new deal.

The South Yorkshire club were struggling to get out of League Two before Evans' arrival from Crawley in April 2012, but the Scot has transformed their fortunes, leading them to back-to-back promotions in his first two full seasons at the helm.

The latest rise was achieved by beating Leyton Orient on penalties in the League One play-off final at Wembley on Sunday and Stewart has moved quickly to tie his man down until the summer of 2017.

Despite the quick rise up the leagues, the Millers are not content to just settle for a first return to the second tier in 10 years and Stewart is continuing to look up.

"The next target is the Premier League," Stewart said. "There are three targets if you like, you have to establish yourself at the higher league, you then have to start climbing that league and then you have to start hoping and dreaming you can do what you can.

"Steve is a manager that will do his level best to get us as high as he can. And that's the expectation we have got. Who knows where that takes us."

The Millers boss has only been able to do the job at New York Stadium due to superb backing from his chairman and Stewart says that level of support will not change next year.

"We will have to spend well and spend wisely," he added. "We know where we are going, we know what we need to do, we will move forward.

"My job is to make sure the manager has the right tools and it is not just about money.

"We will look and see how we fare and rest assured we will do the things we need to do to compete at the higher level and surprise people."

Evans, who attracted an approach from Sheffield Wednesday last November, did not need asking twice to put pen to paper.

"It took less than two minutes," he said. "It was very fair and everything that he promised me he has once again delivered.

"I had opportunities in the last year to consider going elsewhere and it was never more than a fleeting moment in my mind. We both spoke about loyalty and commitment and I have demonstrated that.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as manager of this magnificent club and I am looking forward to many more years at the helm, starting with what is set to be an exciting season back in the Championship."