ROTHERHAM United assistant manager Paul Raynor has admitted he doesn’t enjoy being the man in charge on a matchday.
With manager Steve Evans banned from the ground - this afternoon’s home game with Oxford United is the fourth of his six-match stadium ban - Raynor is in temporary charge, albeit with Evans just a phone call away.
“It’s frustrating because I’ve worked with Steve for the best part of ten years and we have our way of doing things,” said Raynor. “If I’m honest, I don’t enjoy the added responsibility. I’m a coach, I enjoy the coaching and Steve is best at what he does - he’s good at getting players, motivating players, working out what we’re going to do.
“On a matchday, we’ve both been used to being on that touchline together.
“We’ll bounce things off each other, use all the staff and we do our thing on the touchline during a game. It’s how we work at a game.
“But it’s a bit out of sync him not being there. I suppose it’s what you get used to and how you are used to working.
“There’s nothing for it but to make the most of a difficult situation and all I can say is that I’m looking forward to a fortnight’s time when the ban has ended and he is back on the touchline and in charge on the day.”
Evans will again watch a live feed to his apartment less than a mile from the New York Stadium but will be with the squad, for a final team talk at a hotel, until around 90 minutes before kick-off.
His first game back will be at home to Southend on October 13.
Rotherham are set to hand a debut to new on-loan left back Bob Harris.
The 25-year-old Scot joined for a month from Blackpool on Thursday and trained with the squad yesterday.
Daniel Nardiello, who hasn’t started any of the last three games, looks set to return up front alongside Kayode Odejayi.
Alex Revell starts a three-match ban which also takes in the away games at Accrington next Tuesday and York City next Saturday.
Kari Arnason - who has not played in any of the last five matches - will have a fitness test on his ankle this morning to see if he is available.
Meanwhile, midfielder David Noble, missing for three games, is back in the reckoning.