ROTHERHAM UNITED: New man Evans tops list of nine

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STEVE Evans topped a shortlist of nine candidates to land the Rotherham United manager’s job.

And the new Millers boss, who says he was influenced by the club’s ambition and the passion coming across at his interview, says he is aiming to take them into The Championship

Millers chairman Tony Stewart said they had a big influx of interest with some “big names”.

“We sifted through them but felt the man of the moment was Steve Evans at Crawley Town,” said Stewart.

“At the interview he had the passion and the drive and lots of motivation and we were quite infected by that. It was the board’s unanimous view that he was head and shoulders the best one of the nine that we interviewed.

“He is someone who is fiercely driven - he’s a gentleman off the pitch but really passionate. He gets agitated on the sidelines but he gets results and that’s what we want at this football club.”

“He thinks we have a good side here and I think we have someone who will bring a bit more drive, a bit more determination and a bit more excitement.

“We want somene who can deliver and we feel he can.”

Evans, speaking to the club’s website, said he was impressed by the ambition and passion apparent from the other side of the table at his interview

“There is a vision here. The club wants to go places, so where can this club go?” he said.

“Well, it used to be in The Championship and I aim to take it back there - and that’s what people here want.”

Evans was at yesterday’s 1-0 win over Cheltenham which puts the Millers four points from the play-offs.

He takes over today and sat in the Directors Box, receiving applause when he took his seat shortly after kick-off.