Steve Evans’ reaction to the Football League charge against Rotherham United ranged from “gobsmacked” to “surprised”, but he scoffed at suggestions it could lead to the club’s Championship relegation.
The Millers, who play at Fulham tonight, stand accused of fielding an ineligible loan player, Farrend Rawson, in the 1-0 Easter-Monday win over Brighton and the prospect of a points deduction hangs over them.
The Rotherham manager said: “Probably like a lot of our supporters, I was surprised when I heard the news. I was 100 per cent gobsmacked.
“As a management team, we’re not involved in forms and loans and contracts. We’re here to pick the players and let other people do the administration side. That’s all I know.”
Some fans on social media have expressed fears that if the Millers are docked three points it could lead to them dropping into League One.
But Evans retorted: “If we lose three points we’re getting relegated? Behave yourself. That’s not going to happen. We’ve got points to play for.
“We don’t know if the hearing is going to be anything to do with points. We have to let that process take its course. There are always two sides.”
The Millers, who have four matches left to play and now stand four points above the drop zone after last night’s 2-0 Millwall win over Wigan Athletic, have skipper and centre-half Craig Morgan available after suspension tonight and he will compete with Richard Wood for a starting role tonight.
The FL said yesterday a disciplinary commission will involve an independent three-man panel and they hope a verdict can be delivered within the next fortnight.
Evans, who says he is certatin the club will be given a “full and fair” hearing, added: “There is a lot of football to be played between now and the end of the season. I suggest that will have more to do with whether we’re going to be a Championship club than any process the club and the Football League are involved in at the minute.
“We’ve been here three years, myself and Paul Raynor, and no-one has helped us in those three years other than Tony Stewart and the supporters. It’s mind-blowing, but what do we do? We get on with it.”
Teenage centre-half Rawson is now back with parent club Derby County.