Rotherham United: Millers set to wait over new boss

Steve Evans in charge for the last time, at Birmingham
Steve Evans in charge for the last time, at Birmingham
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Rotherham United are ready to wait until the international break before deciding on their next manager after the shock departure of Steve Evans.

Evans left the Millers yesterday, with a club issuing a statement saying they wanted to go in a “different direction” to their former boss.

First-team coach Eric Black is set to be in charge for Friday’s home match with Burnley.

Bookmakers have made former Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray4/1 favourite for the role, although it is thought he may still be on ‘gardening leave’ and have financial ties to the Owls.

Other early contenders include Neil Redfearn, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Brian McDermott and Nigel Clough.

Rotherham are inviting applications and have two weeks after the Clarets clash to appoint a new man before they resume Championship action.

Stuart Gray

Stuart Gray

Evans, who won two promotions and kept the Millers in the second tier in his three-year reign, departed, along with No 2 Paul Raynor, after a meeting with chairman Tony Stewart.

Evans brother, Gee, is chief scout and remains in his post.

Stewart and former Crawley manager Evans aren’t commenting for now.

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Neil Redfearn

Neil Redfearn

The Millers won at Birmingham last Saturday to climb out of the drop zone.

Ironically, Evans told The Star afterwards: “The Millers fans will be here whether Steve Evans is the manager or whether a great chairman is chairman. I’m one of those people who do believe you’re a supporter for life. You know what, I’m still a Crawley supporter. I was there and gave it my life. I’m giving this my life. It’s current.”

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Nigel Clough

Nigel Clough