Under-fire Evans gets Stewart’s vote to lift Rotherham

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans embraces chairman Tony Stewart after winning the League One Play Off Final last year.
Rotherham United manager Steve Evans embraces chairman Tony Stewart after winning the League One Play Off Final last year.
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ROTHERHAM UNITED chairman Tony Stewart is backing Steve Evans to arrest the Millers’ alarming start to the league campaign.

United are propping up the Championship table with just two points from their opening seven fixtures, going into Saturday’s home encounter with Cardiff City.

Speculation has also linked manager Evans with the vacant Peterborough position, but Stewart says that the Scot is going nowhere.

Stewart said: “Steve has been with us for three-and-a-half years. I have been in business for 45 years and I am not set in concrete and I do have flexibility, listen and absorb.

“Do I change things, yes I do, but not a culture.

“Steve’s work ethic, drive and commitment is spot-on and I do think we have notched it up now and have a better level of player with a mixture of youth and experience.

“These lads have got talent. We have not just got a first team, but a team on the bench who can go on now and make a difference. It’s an A and A1 team.

“The only thing that is missing is the points we got last season. But I do remember we had something like 34 or 35 players coming and going – although that won’t happen this season.”

Evans defiantly insists that his project at Rotherham is not finished and is pouring all his energies into turning around the Millers’ fortunes.

He said: “As long as the chairman tells me I’m the manager of this football club, I’ll be the manager of this club.

“We are in the second season in the Championship and ‘second-season syndrome’ is known to me and everyone else in football. Steve Evans and Tony Stewart, as a partnership, need to make sure we are doing everything right in the next few weeks and months to make sure we keep this fantastic club in the Championship.

“Listen, I am the Rotherham United manager. I will let all the other people go and say: ‘I should be here or shouldn’t be here.’

“We are not winning games and some are probably still disappointed that I am still here.

“My job is to make sure we are part and parcel in the Championship.