Rival boss Mick McCarthy goes in to battle today with Steve Evans describing the job he has done at Rotherham United as “remarkable”.
McCarthy’s Ipswich side entertain Evans’ Millers in the Championship this afternoon, and the Town manager said: “You can’t do anything other than compliment him on the job he has done.
“Back-to-back promotions is a remarkable achievement in the first place, but he’s won promotions elsewhere as well.
“He has proven himself a very capable manager.
“I thought Rotherham made some good signings in the summer. They work damn hard and make it extremely difficult.”
Rotherham face three clubs with a Premier League pedigree in the next eight days ... and Evans wouldn’t have it any other way.
After Ipswich, they entertain Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday before heading to Norwich City next Saturday.
Evans said: “We look at the week ahead - Ipswich, Blackburn and Norwich ... Why did we work so hard in League One? Why did that Wembley play-off win mean so much? The reason why is what it brought the following season. This week coming just tells you why you want to be in the Championship.”
Meanwhile, Evans has revealed that he and Bob Peeters departed as good friends after last week’s New York Stadium clash between Rotherham and Charlton.
Addicks boss Peeters was accused of snubbing Evans by walking on to the pitch instead of shaking hands.
But Evans laughed: “He ended up drinking about five bottles of Budweiser in my office.
“I hope he wasn’t driving afterwards!
“He told me he’d had a major problem with Uwe Rosler after the Wigan game and the advice that he was given after that was to go to his players and his supporters first and see the other manager afterwards.
“When Bob came in and explained that, I gave him a bottle of Bud out of friendship.
“Four more later, we’d cemented that friendship!”