he’s one of the most animated and vociferous of managers on the touchline and Steve Evans says he doesn’t intend changing his ways as he looks to drive Rotherham United on in their promotion bid this season.
The Millers manager and his assistant Paul Raynor have earned a reputation for their “involvement” from the dug out be it geeing up their players or berating match officials over a decision they believe they’ve got wrong.
But the Evans way, he insists, will remain more or less as it is.
“I’m the first to admit that it became a monster to me,” he says.
“Sometimes I’d be going up the tunnel, looking to shake hands with the ref, and by the time I’d got there, I’m questioning him about a free-kick on the halfway line in the 69th minute yet we’ve been well beaten.
“There’s no need for it and I think those days have gone and I think I can be more objective.
“But I’m certainly going to be upset and animated at times and I’ll still have that passion because if you take that out of me then I’m not going to be as effective.”
He says his style is designed to drive his team on.
“Sometimes I’ll shout at certain players for effect,” he says.
“Perhaps some supporters near the dugout will probably think ‘he never moans at so-and-so, never says that to him’ or ‘he always gives so-and-so a hard time’.
“Supporters have to realise we are doing that for a reason. We don’t just shout and bawl at 11 players from start to finish just for the sake of it.
“Some of them will get a ‘well done’ and we’ll have a word; some we’ll have to get in their faces so that they give us a performance. And if we don’t have to do that, then that’s great.
“We ask our players for effort, passion, commitment as starting points. I don’t intend being any less passionate on the touchline. It’s about doing what we think needs doing.”
Goals from Alex Revell and Alec Denton gave a Millers XI a 2-0 win at Kettering.
Meanwhile, Rotherham want fans to turn up wearing something red for Saturday’s first league game at the New York Stadium. Several things are planned including the Scots Guard Band of Pipes and Drums.
Over recent years, Rotherham United Nostalgia Society have raised money for a railway nameplate and chief fund raisers Chaz Robinson, Graham Barnes and Barrie Dalby will present it to chairman Tony Stewart.