Rotherham United: Paul Raynor plays down Peterborough link to Steve Evans

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Steve Evans wasn’t there, so Rotherham United assistant manager Paul Raynor did the talking for his boss.

There has been no approach so far from managerless Peterborough for Evans’ service, Raynor told the media at yesterday’s press conference, “as far as I am aware”.

Steve Evans

Steve Evans

It was the first time since January that Evans had missed a media get-together before a game, with club officials citing “an internal meeting” as the reason for his absence.

Fielding the inevitable questions about the Posh link - Evans’ family home is in Peterbrough, his family support the club and the Millers manager is close friends with chairman Darragh MacAnthony - Raynor understood why the rumour mill was in full swing.

“We always have speculation. We are used to it,” he said. “Last year it was Sheffield Wednesday, previously it was Peterborough and Leyton Orient. When you are successful, you are coveted and people put two and two together.

“Obviously, with Steve’s family living in the town, there is always going to be speculation there. We will just get on with the job, like we always do.

“I don’t know anything about it. I am sure I would be the first to know. We have worked together for 10 years or so now, so I am sure I would be aware of something.”

The Rotherham No 2 said there was nothing sinister in Evans’ no-show, on the eve of a gruelling schedule of long-distance away games at Charlton Athletic tomorrow and then Brighton on Tuesday.

“It’s a busy period. We have got two games away,” he said. “We are staying away, so there is lots to organise before we go. There’s no hidden agenda.”

The Millers travel to Charlton today and will then stay in the South, training at Crawley, until the Brighton clash.

They are bottom of the Championship after five matches but have been boosted by the arrival of new goalkeeper Lee Camp and Norwich City loan duo midfielders Vadid Odjidja-Ofoe and Tony Andreu.

“We are just concentrating on our job,” Raynor added. “It’s a difficult enough job to try to get up that table with the start we have had.

“When you have won as many promotions as Steve has, you are always going to get linked to ambitious teams who want to get promoted and get back in the Championship.”

The Millers have no injuries and head to Charlton with only centre-half Kirk Broadfoot, still serving a 10-match ban, unavailable.

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“We are in the fantastic position of having everyone fit, so that’s good,” Raynor said. “We have never had as many players on the training ground.”

Some of the club’s fringe players, including striker Jordan Bowery, may be allowed to go out on loan.