Rotherham United: Millers boss to be in spotlight

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Whether or not Steve Evans wants to stay out of the spotlight these next few days, he won’t have any choice.

He returns to his former club Crawley Town, the one he led into the Football League and then to the very brink of another promotion, when he takes Rotherham United there on Saturday.

Evans is always likely to have a soft spot for the Sussex club in view of his success which helped put the club into League One, which they were on the cusp of reaching when Evans left to join the Millers in April 2012.

It took him some time to actually make the switch mentally.

In the final weeks of that season and even into the start of last season, Evans had a tendency to use the word “we” when he recalled things that happened at Crawley. It sort of betrayed the fact that it was still a club close to his heart. He hadn’t yet shed the fit.

He finally did and not for a long time has he used “we” when he has reminisced or made comparisons with what happened at Crawley.

He describes it as “a magical time” there during his near three years and his signings paid off in more than just success on the field.

Strikers Matt Tubbs and Tyrone Barnett were bought relatively cheaply and sold on for big money, Tubbs to Bournemouth and Barnett to Peterborough.

Tubbs, now on loan with Rotherham of course, also goes back to Crawley where he enjoyed such a prolific seam of goalscoring form across two seasons and there will be two other former Crawley teammates in the squad, goalkeeper Scott Shearer and defender Claude Davis.

Evans will hope for a good reception from the Crawley fans. He certainly won’t be able to sneak in unnoticed.

Meanwhile, Evans says that playing Pablo Mills in Rotherham’s reserves this week was a favour for the one-time Millers player, who served under him at Crawley, rather than a plan to sign him.

“It was to help him with his fitness as he looks to get fixed up somewhere,” said Evans.