Interest in Rotherham United’s Evans is no surprise says Raynor

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans, who has been linked with the vacant Peterborough positionn, did not attend yesterday's press conference (Picture: Bruce Rollinson
Rotherham United manager Steve Evans, who has been linked with the vacant Peterborough positionn, did not attend yesterday's press conference (Picture: Bruce Rollinson
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Steve Evans will not be swapping Rotherham United for Peterborough United any time soon.

This is the view of Paul Raynor, Evans’s trusted lieutenant, as reports continue to link Millers’ manager with the vacant London Road position.

Evans himself was unable to clarify his position at his usual midweek press conference yesterday – he was absent due to an “internal meeting” – and instead No 2 Raynor faced the media.

Asked why Evans, 52, was not present, Raynor insisted: “There’s no hidden agenda.

“It’s a busy period, we have got two games away, we are staying away so there is lots to organise before we go.

“We always have speculation, we are used to it. Last year it was Sheffield Wednesday, previously it was Peterborough and Leyton Orient – there is always speculation.”

Raynor, who has worked with Evans for over a decade, believes the manager’s record – he gained back-to-back promotions with Rotherham – means he will constantly be linked with vacancies.

“When you are successful you are coveted and people put two and two together,” he said.

“I don’t know anything about it. I am sure I would be the first to know, we have worked together for a long time – it seems like longer.

“We have worked together for 10 years or so now so I am sure I would be aware of something.

“We are just concentrating on our job; it’s a difficult enough job to try and get up that table with the start we have had.”

Evans’s family still live in the Peterborough area, and the former Boston United and Crawley Town manager is friends with Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony.

Rayner added: “Obviously with Steve’s family living in the town there is always going to be speculation there. We will just get on with the job like we always do.

“When you have won as many promotions as Steve has you are always going to get linked to ambitious teams who want to get promoted and back in the Championship.

“Next week it could be someone else because chairmen are ambitious to climb up the pyramid. I’m sure they’ll keep coming.

“We have had a fantastic period here, it’s more than we could probably have dreamed of before we come through the door. It’s been a fantastic period and long may it continue.

“Not as far as I am aware (has there been an approach).”

Tomorrow, the Millers travel to Charlton Athletic, and are set to include their three new recruits, goalkeeper Lee Camp, plus Norwich City duo Tony Andreu and Vadis Odjidja.

The trio arrived in South Yorkshire just before the summer transfer window closed 10 days ago, so have had to wait patiently over the international break for their debuts.

“The main objective has been to integrate the new boys,” said Raynor. “We are in the fantastic position of having everyone fit and available to us, so that’s been good.

“We have never had as many players on the training ground.

“But it’s been nice to integrate Vadis, Lee Camp and Tony Andreu and it’s been a good process.

“They have been together a lot we have done various training programmes over the last week, we have had a couple of in-house games as well to try one or two little things out and it has blended in very well and we will only see the rewards of that at the weekend, hopefully.

“They are quality players, their CVs speak for themselves. The Rotherham fans saw what Vadis could do against us (when he played for Norwich against the Millers in the Capital One Cup) and there was a real buzz around the place when we got him.

“The same with Tony, he did extremely well up at Hamilton and got himself a move to Norwich.

“We have seen his qualities: he retains the ball, he has got an eye for goal and he really links the midfield to the strike force and that is probably something we have missed.

“Hopefully the two Norwich boys we have brought in and Lee can give us that lift that we undoubtedly need at the minute.

“Whenever you integrate a new player into a squad there’s a buzz, there’s an anticipation of what they can bring. We have been impressed by the guys. Lee has come in and impressed, we can all look at his CV, he has played 400 games and played internationals. That speaks for itself.”

Rotherham travel to south London after a poor start to the new campaign, which sees them sat at the bottom of the Championship.

The Millers have collected just one point from their opening five games, and exited the League Cup to Norwich.

Evans has opted to take the captaincy away from summer signing Greg Halford, handing it to midfielder Lee Frecklington.