Rotherham’s magnificent Wembley comeback and Steve Evans’ Paolo Di Canio moment lit up the Millers’ feat of back-to-back promotions but, when the dust has settled, the club must begin to prepare for the challenge of life in the Championship, writes Victor Chandler.
We are already betting on the 2014-15 Championship title and can hardly split the relegated trio of Cardiff, Norwich and Fulham alongside Derby, who were cruelly denied in their own play-off final.
The former Premier League clubs do hold a massive financial advantage. Cardiff earned more than £62 million from TV revenue last season - £1.2m more than Manchester United received while winning the title in 2012-13!
Each Premier League side was awarded a minimum of £52.2m last season, with extra money being awarded for TV appearances and final League position.
Liverpool received the most, £97.5m; champions City picked up £96.5m. Had the cash been distributed just on TV viewers then Liverpool would have picked up more than £172m and Cardiff just over £30m.
Unsurprisingly the three relegated Premier sides head the market and BetVictor bet on the 2014/15 title, each way quarter odds first three: Cardiff 8/1, Derby 10/1, Fulham 10/1, Norwich 10/1, Wigan 12/1, Reading 12/1, 14s bar, plus Rotherham 40/1 and Wednesday 40/1.
We are also betting on promotion and have Cardiff 5/2, Norwich 3/1, Derby 10/3, Fulham 10/3, Wednesday 20/1, Rotherham 20/1.
We are asking who will be the top Yorkshire side in the Championship and bet Leeds 11/10, the Owls 5/2, Huddersfield 4/1, Rotherham 4/1.
In League One it is going to be a fascinating battle between our four local sides, with relegated Doncaster Rovers and Barnsley meeting a rejuvenated Sheffield United and promoted Chesterfield. We make the Blades our 6/1 favourites.
League One 2014/15 title prices from BetVictor and each way first three: Blades 6/1, Peterborough 8/1, Preston 10/1, Bristol City 12/1, MK Dons 12/1, Doncaster 14/1, Barnsley 14/1, Orient 16/1, Chesterfield 20/1.
BetVictor odds for promotion: Blades 9/4, Doncaster 7/2, Barnsley 9/2, Chesterfield 6/1.
Which of our four local clubs will finish highest in League One? Odds: United evens, Doncaster 11/4, Barnsley 10/3, Chesterfield 5/1.