Rotherham United: Evans’ praise for former Blades boss

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David Weir’s short reign as manager of Sheffield United ended in the sack, but Rotherham United boss Steve Evans is still full of respect for his fellow Scot.

Weir became first-team coach at Brentford after severing his ties Bramall Lane and helped them to promotion to the Championship, along with Evans’ side.

Tomorrow Weir and the Bees are the visitors to New York Stadium, and Evans said: ““Their manager, Mark Warburton, made a great appointment in David Weir.

“That might upset one or two local people, but I think it’s true. He’s a real good football coach, a knowledgeable man.

“Mark provides the other side to that, the tactical nous and the ability to spot a player etcetera.”

Warburton’s club earned automatic promotion with the Millers win the League One Play-off Final at Wembley against Orient.

Winger Moses Odubajo, who played ans scored for Orient in that match, signed for Brentford in the summer.

Evans added: “Brentford are a club I’ve got enormous respect for.

“They’ve gone out in the summer and - different strategy to us - probably spent the best part of £5- or £6 million pounds.

“It’s an incredible sum of money for a club coming up, as we’ve just done. But they’ve spent it very wisely.”

Rotherham sit one point above Brentford with six points from four games and could close on the play-off places if they win this afternoon.

“It’s going to be really tough, we don’t kid ourselves about that,” Evans admitted.

“But the rewards going into international week if we’re sat seventh or eighth in the Championship ...”

Another player the Bees have snapped up, on a season-long loan from Tottenham, is Alex Pritchard who scored for Swindon against Rotherham at New York last season.

Evans said: “The boy, Pritchard ... I think every manager in the Championship wanted him, and Mark did incredibly well to get him. They’re full of good players.”

The Millers are waiting to see if attacker Paul Taylor, who has been a stand-out player since arriving on loan from Ipswich Town, is fit to play.

He went down with a virus on Thursday and missed training.

Evans is still on the hunt for new signings, with the transfer window due to close on Monday night.

“We’ll only add a bit of quality if we can,” he said.

“We won’t add just for the sake of adding. I’m not going to be one of those managers that’s running about with money to spend on Monday saying ‘who can we sign?’.

“That’s other people’s projects, not ours.”