Goalkeeper Scott Shearer has admitted Rotherham United manager Steve Evans’ unorthodox methods constantly keep the squad on their toes.
Evans led the Millers to automatic promotion last term, having turned around Crawley Town’s fortunes. Indeed, the Scot will be searching for his third promotion in four seasons when the 2013/14 campaign gets under way on August 3.
“Steve is not the conventional manager but what he does works,” he told The Star. “His record doesn’t lie.
“He has got to take a lot of credit for last season because he put a good team together. I don’t know what it is Steve does. He always demands absolutely everything out of you. There was never a time last season where you thought your place was safe. People are on the edge that way.
“Players know if they don’t perform in training that they won’t play on a Saturday. As a manager, Steve does the business.”
Contrary to reports, Rotherham have yet to complete the signing of Danny Hylton. Speculation is growing the 24-year-old will sign a two-year deal with the South Yorkshire club, with an option of a futher 12 months, but The Star understands there is still work to be done before the deal is finalised.
Hylton was made redundant by Aldershot Town last month after the club went into administration. The striker notched a hat-trick before being given his marching orders against the Millers in the FA Cup last season.
Evans recently said: “Danny’s an exceptional young player who hasn’t been lucky enough to play in a very good team.”