Alan Stubbs can’t wait to face Newcastle United at a sold out New York Stadium on Saturday.

The Rotherham boss declaring ‘This is what it’s all about’.

Newcastle Faced a Norwich team who came within seconds of going top of the table and less than 72 hours later they will travel to the team that are rock bottom of the division.

Results though have already shown that this is the most cut-throat of leagues, as positions in the league are regularly proving a poor guide to match by match results.

As for Rafa Benitez, Alan Stubbs is looking forward to ‘pitting his wits against a Champions League winner’.

Despite his successful record, Stubbs says that the Newcastle boss has always came across as ‘a really nice guy, very humble, very intelligent’ whenever he has met him in the past.

With Newcastle’s profile and money invested in players, Alan Stubbs says it is clear what NUFC’s ‘aspirations’ are and nobody could have envisaged the Magpies not being in the top division this season.

Alan Stubbs:

“It’s me pitting my wits against a Champions League winner.

“There is the Liverpool and Everton rivalry as well. I’ve come across Rafa on a few occasions and he’s a really nice guy; very humble, very intelligent.

“You only have to listen to some of his ex-players talk to know that, tactically, he’s a fantastic manager. I’m hoping on Saturday he doesn’t get his tactics right and I get mine right.”

“It’s great. This is what it’s all about, I don’t think anyone could have envisaged the likes of a Newcastle coming to New York Stadium this season because everybody would have thought they’d been a Premier League club.

“When a team’s spent over £50 million on players just this season, I think that tells you what their aspirations are. They’ll be there or thereabouts.

“I think they’re everybody’s favourites to go up this season. I can see why.”