Rotherham United boss Steve Evans is relishing pitting his wits against Championship players earning up to £50,000 a week, but is happy to take a break now and then.
As a second-tier club, the promoted Millers now benefit from international breaks and have no Johnstone’s Paint Trophy commitments to worry about.
After a narrow defeat at Premier League Swansea City, they are also out of the Capital One Cup.
“It does help. No disrespect to those competitions,” the Millers manager admitted.
“We’ve come up to the Championship. That’s our real focus and it has to be.
“It is such a big jump. We’re at a level where people are paying £10/£11 million pounds for players and paying players £25-, £30-, £40-, £50,000 a week.
“Our task on a weekly basis, every time we step over the white line, is going to be a real challenge to us.”
Evans’ men, who have no match until September 13 because of the first international break of the season, have made an encouraging start to life in a higher division and now have the chance to see key men return to fitness.
They have six points from their first five matches, having played teams who all sit in the top eight.
They’ve already beaten Wolves and Millwall, were close to taking points against Derby and Brentford and dominated against Watford for an hour before losing to two late goals.
“We’ve taken to it so far, and we’re going to embrace it and go forward,” Evans said.
Their next game is a week on Saturday at AFC Bournemouth and since their last enounter, at home to the Bees, the Millers have added young flyer Jonson Clarke-Harris from Oldham Athletic for a club-record feee and former prolific Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio from Norwich City
Evans added: “Every game, every second game, I sit down with our chairman and look at ways we can improve.”