Former boss Steve Evans has backed the Rotherham United squad he left behind to climb as high as midtable in the Championship this season.
The 52-year-old, who spoke of his pride at a three-and-a-half-year reign which brought two promotions and second-tier survival, issued a statement yesterday, a week after his departure.
“I leave behind an excellent chairman, quality staff and a squad of players that have much more to deliver,” he said.
“In respect of the staff and players, I believe they are all very capable young men. Each and every one of them has played a significant part to date. A midtable finish in the Championship is the minimum this group of men should achieve in the season ahead.
“On my departure from Rotherham United, the club is firmly established playing Championship football. Consecutive promotions from League Two are largely unprecedented in the modern-day game and I am rightfully very proud to have led my staff, players and supporters during three breathtaking seasons.”
Evans believes that, after a poor start to the season, things were falling into place as players returned from injury and his last three signings, Lee Camp, Tony Andreu and Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, made their mark.
Back-to-back wins had lifted the club from bottom spot to above the drop zone when he and chairman Tony Stewart agreed to go their separate ways
“it was no surprise to me when we comfortably beat Cardiff City and Birmingham City with the two best performances of the season,” he said.
Eric Black remains in caretaker charge as the Millers conduct interviews this week to decide on Evans; replacement.
The new man is expected to be in charge when the club resume league action after the international break at Brentford on October 17.