Rotherham United: Millers boss Steve Evans on the pitch ... and here to stay

Emmanuel Ledesma celebrates after the second goal. Spot anyone on the pitch in the background?
Emmanuel Ledesma celebrates after the second goal. Spot anyone on the pitch in the background?
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Rotherham United boss Steve Evans is glad his chairman has a better memory than he has.

Before Saturday’s first Championship victory of the campaign, against Cardiff City, the Millers manager said that - just like Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho after a recent difficult spell - he’d almost forgotten how it felt to win.

But Evans always knew he could count on the backing of Tony Stewart who remembered the two promotions and second-tier survival last season that he and No 2 Paul Raynor had delivered in the previous three years,

The Rotherham boss, who last week quashed speculation linking him to the Peterborough hot-seat which yesterday went to Graham Westley, revealed: “Tony Stewart told me on the morning of the Cardiff game that if I lose 20 games I’ll be his manager.

“There’s not another manager in the Championship gets told that, but there’s no other chairman who’s had the same the success we’ve given him in the last three years.

“Thankfully, I have a chairman with a three-and-a-half-year memory not a three-week memory.”

Steve Evans

Steve Evans

The 2-1 triumph over the Bluebirds saw the Millers break their league duck at the eighth attempt, and there was no-one happier at AESSEAL New York Stadium than Evans who ran on to the pitch in celebration when the decisive goal went in with only seconds remaining.

It wasn’t enough to lift them off the foot of the table, but they made ground on other clubs near the bottom and one more win could take them out of the drop zone.

Evans reiterated that a move to Posh was never on the cards.

“I have a fantastic relationship with the chairman (Darragh MacAnthony) down there and Barry Fry (director of football),” he said. “But I’ve got an absolutely brotherly relationship with my chairman and if there had been any chink in me not being happy the first person who would have know that was Tony Stewart.”

Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe on the attack against Cardiff

Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe on the attack against Cardiff

Rotherham dominated against Cardiff before and after visiting goalkeeper David Marshall was sent off in the 41st minute, and Evans dashed on to the New York turf when Matthew Connolly, under pressure from Millers substitute Emmanuel Ledesma, diverted the ball into his own net in the final minute.

“It’s been a while since I celebrated like that,” the manager grinned. “Their supporters will be pleased to know I’ve pulled a groin, a hamstring and a calf!

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“I think the fourth official was great. He knows it’s just pure emotion. I’ve seen people score against us here like that, and we have to understand it’s just pure emotion. We’ve beaten a good team in Cardiff and I really mean that.

Celebrations after Odjidja-Ofoe's goal

Celebrations after Odjidja-Ofoe's goal

“They’re a club that have been in the Premier League and have aspirations to get back in the Premier League. So that was a good win for us.

“We were fantastic in spells. Cardiff are full of quality and we’ve given them a bit of a hiding.”

Meanwhile, Evans has tipped loan signing Tony Andreu to make a big impression.

The Norwich City attacking midfielder was brought off in the second half against the Bluebirds, but Evans said: “When he’s sharper and a bit more match-fit, he’ll cause havoc in the Championship.”