As an excellent 2013 for Rotherham United comes to a close, Steve Evans is already well into the process of trying to ensure they improve on it next year.
The Millers manager will certainly utilise the break after tomorrow’s home game with Coventry City to strengthen his squad.
With no game on Saturday, there is a natural break for the club until the home game with Crewe on January 11 and it is likely that Evans would want to have done some business and added to his squad by then.
“Millers fans know that it has been a fantastic last 12 months at this club and the aim is to go and improve on it next year,” said Evans.
“We will be trying to do that and we’ll do what we need to do within the squad.”
He anticipated that one or two players would be going out and he certainly wants to bring at least a couple in.
“We have to get the balance right and we’ve been working for the last ten days or so on one or two things and I hope we can get something to fruition.”
He said it doesn’t matter what method is used to bring someone in.
“I’m not bothered whether it’s permanent or loan; paying money or a free transfer,” he added. “He could be a free transfer from Mars, it won’t matter, so long as he will improve us and add quality to the squad.”
Evans knows he needs to add to the squad and several times this season, with injuries biting, he has fielded less than the full complement on the subs’ bench.
In addition, the performance at Port Vale was one of the poorer ones of the season. They had gone nine unbeaten in the league - the last defeat in League One being at Leyton Orient on October 26 - which represented their best unbeaten run but were second best on Sunday with illness and suspension taking a toll.
“We had players out there who should have been laid up and the wife running round looking after them, but they had to go out and produce a performance,” added Evans.
“Lee Frecklington pulled out at the warm-up; both Craig Morgan and Alex Revell weren’t well and others have been affected but these are a group of players I am proud to work with.”
The club have appealed the red card to Claude Davis and await the outcome. They should know today.
“The fourth official said he did not kick Tom Pope but the referee said something about intent,” added Evans.
“I know he didn’t kick him but he gave the referee the opportunity to send him off and if we give refs an opportunity, well, we’re the wrong side, aren’t we?”
Coventry arrive as top scorers in League One with 49 goals (second highest in the country) but have conceded 41.
The club expect another 10,000 plus gate.