ROTHERHAM UNITED: He’s got passion and wants to win

Flying the flag: New Millers boss Steve Evans and his No 2 Paul Raynor came as a pair.
Flying the flag: New Millers boss Steve Evans and his No 2 Paul Raynor came as a pair.
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NEW assistant manager Paul Raynor has given an insight into the man charged with forging a successful future for Rotherham United - Steve Evans.

Raynor - whose coaching career began at Sheffield United’s Academy - has been alongside Evans for six years latterly as his No 2 at Crawley.

When Rotherham decided Evans was their man then Raynor had to be on the radar as well, the couple come as a pair.

And the Raynor assessment of the 49-year-old Scot alongside?

“First and foremost, Steve is a winner,” says Raynor. “He is passionate about football, he desperately wants to win and he drags you along with him.

“He is enthusiastic, he loves the game and he’s 24/7 and he talks and breathes it every minute.

“In fact, he does my head in at times because he wants to be talking constantly about football and about how he can improve.”

Raynor, whose own playing career began under Brian Clough at Forest, also describes Evans as “a salesman”.

“When he gets a player in front of him, he motivates them,” says Raynor. “Then he sells them the dream, very much like Tony Stewart sold us the project and the dream here at Rotherham United.

“Steve is very much in that mould and if he gets them in that room then he’ll convince them.

“He’s a passionate bloke, that’s well documented, and he’s been successful everywhere he’s been.”

Of course, that passion extends to matchday on the touchline.

“Hey, he has to keep me under wraps at times,” he chuckled adding Evans acknowledged a couple of years ago he had to “temper it a bit” on the sidelines.

“It can be a negative as well as a positive but the players know we head and kick every ball with them, we’re vocal and we try to get the best out of them.

“Steve can give out a rollicking but he’ll be the first to give them a hug when we’ve won because we’re all in it together. And that goes for the staff as well.”

Raynor, who played at Huddersfield, Swansea and Preston among others, began coaching at the Blades Academy in 2000 and was involved with such as Kyle Walker, Phil Jagielka, Nick Montgomery, Billy Sharp, Kyle Naughton and current Millers star Ryan Cresswell.