The writing has been on the wall for most of the season, but the end is officially nigh.
Rotherham can be put out of their misery on Saturday as their long-awaited relegation to League One will finally be confirmed if a number of results occur.
They could either be on the brink or safe for another week before they even take the field at Queen’s Park Rangers as Blackburn and Nottingham Forest both play at 1pm.
Blackburn have to continue their resurgence under Tony Mowbray – a man the Millers interviewed twice in the last 18 months – by beating Preston. If they fail to do so, the Millers will put off the inevitable for another week. If Rovers do collect the three points, they will advance to 42.
Forest are also in early action in an East Midlands contest with Derby, with both sides playing under a new manager for the first time. If Mark Warburton can win his first game in the City Ground dugout then they will go to 43 points.
Then, when the 3pm action gets under way Millers have to lose against QPR. Having lost 18 of their 19 away games, including the last 11, that is sort of a given, especially considering Rangers’ annoying upturn in form under Ian Holloway. If somehow Paul Warne’s men can end their losing streak then they will earn a stay of execution.
The final piece of a depressing jigsaw will require Burton, who are continuing to defy expectations, to avoid defeat at home to Brentford. That would take them to 42 points if they draw or 45 if they win.
If those results all come in, Rotherham, on a meagre 17, will be at least 25 points adrift of safety, with just 24 to play for and that will be that – the Sky Bet League One official Twitter feed will be following @officialrufc before you know it.
Rotherham will be down if:
They lose at QPR, Blackburn and Nottingham Forest win and Burton avoid defeat.