Coleman plans for the Millers future

Last updated : 19 January 2008 By Deano
With over 6,000 tickets already sold for the game, Coleman is hoping that some of the new faces at Millmoor tomorrow will continue to come with promises of a new stadium on the way.

"We've got to plan for the future at Rotherham United. Under the terms of our lease at Millmoor, we can walk away in 2011 and we can be kicked off the
site in 2014.

"We need to get moving soon. If we don't, there is no future for the club. It's as simple as that. It's been well documented that we've earmarked a site for a new ground. For obvious reasons, we can't go public about where the proposed site is, although that hasn't stopped sections of the media and the supporters speculating, with various possibilities mentioned.

"All I can say is that the landowners have promised to come back to us by the end of January. Once they do, there will be an urgent meeting with the council and, if all goes well, we hope to be in a position to say whether the stadium plans are possible and where it will be by next month. We don't want to rush. There are many things to sort out and nothing is signed and sealed. But once we get the go-ahead we will get moving quickly and the aim will be to move in three seasons, ideally by 2011." Coleman added.

"The issue of a community stadium is massive. The council are keen to help us and it is important for the public of Rotherham to get behind the idea not just by turning out to support the team tomorrow, but on a regular basis. Too many people have got out of the habit of going to matches. People look at how our form dropped off last season and think it will all turn sour after Christmas. I don't think it will happen this time with this team. We're not just grinding out results, we're slaughtering teams. Even against MK Dons we probably could have had all three points.
"We deserve more support and I'm pleased that our gates have been improving slowly but surely. I must say that the response to the United Rotherham game against Wycombe Wanderers has been fantastic and I've got to thank the supporters for that. We sold 700 tickets last Friday, more than 700 on Monday and nearly 700 on Tuesday.

"Normally, our pre-sales are flat until Wednesday but this time we've hit our usual Friday figure three days early. I'm confident we will have 7-7,500 in the ground this weekend although it won't be full to capacity for various reasons. There's always a percentage of season tickets holders who don't turn up and Wycombe won't fill their section. They will only bring 400 supporters tops and they'd only sold 100 tickets by Wednesday of this week.

"My hope is that a percentage of he newcomers like what they see and come back for the rest of the season. I was at Lincoln last Saturday and the supporters were fantastic. The noise they made and the atmosphere made me envious I was sat in the opposite stand and not over there with them. The passion and the pride is there among our band of fans. Now we just need more of them to turn out and I hope that tomorrow is a start.

"I'm a fan of Rotherham sport in general. I'm a Miller through and through and I want the absolute best for the club but I also want to see the Titans do well and make it back to the Premiership some day. Both clubs deserve better support and a better home to play in.

"Tomorrow is the chance to put on a united front and show the support is there for this important scheme. Let's make it a fantastic day."
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