Rotherham United: Dean Smith approach rejected

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Rotherham United are believed to have had an approach to speak to Walsall boss Dean Smith turned down.

The League One Saddlers issued a statement to say contact had been made by a Championship club, thought to be the managerless Millers.

Rotherham aren’t commenting, but The Star understands any approach was a tentative enquiry with the intention of speaking to Smith and adding him to their shortlist, not to definitely offer him the job.

They are looking to replace Steve Evans who left the club a week last Monday,

A Walsall statement said: "The club can confirm it received an approach from a Championship club for permission to speak to Dean Smith. This approach was categorically rejected. As one of the longest-serving managers in the country, Dean has been instrumental in the club’s progress since his appointment and is fundamental to our future plans.”

Smith, aged 44, a former Sheffield Wednesday player, has taken Walsall to second place in League One.