Rotherham United: Millers recruitment summit for Steve Evans and Tony Stewart

Millers manager Steve Evans
Millers manager Steve Evans
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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans will today unveil his recruitment plans for next season ... but only to his chairman!

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans will today unveil his recruitment plans for next season ... but only to his chairman!

Evans is meeting with Tony Stewart to discuss the signings he would like to make before the club embark on their second season in the Championship in August.

“We know some players we’d like to bring in,” said Evans who spent the weekend in Scotland watching football on his Pro Licence coaching course. “We know their names, their ages, their dates of birth, the colour of their eyes, how many games they’ve played and how well they’ve played.

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“I’ll start talking to the chairman actually in terms of specifically who we would like to bring in. Our chairman has never been one to say ‘no’.

The Millers, who say they have made four separate £1 million bids for players in the last year, are prepared to spend big to land the right men.

But Evans warned: “We have to do things right here. Value for money here is very important for our chairman.

“He loves the nice things in life, but if value for money isn’t in it he doesn’t like it so much.

“He’s got terrific value for money in the last three years, hasn’t he? He’s gone from League Two to the Championship.”

Rotherham finished this season five points above the drop zone, despite a three-point Football League deduction, and ambitious Evans is already looking for better next year.

“We want to get value for money and become an established Championship club able to look up,” he said. “We know we can get that only by getting the quality in.

“But the whole package has to work here. We have a dressing room to protect in terms of earnings etcetra and that’s just not going to change.”

The Millers manager believes the club will spend more on wages than they did last year, but the final decision rests with Stewart.

“We agreed last year that there would be a spend that was appropriate to our first season in the Championship,” Evans said. “Do I expect us to spend more in terms of wages this year? Yes, I do, yeah. My chairman will probably read this and then say on Tuesday: ‘You got that wrong, Sunshine!’ Because, whatever anyone else thinks, at this football club there is one boss.”

Rotherham will play a pre-season friendly at Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday July 11 (kick-off 3pm).