Steve won’t shirk unpopular decisions

Rotherham manager Steve Evans and Daniel Nardiello exchange words  after Nardiello was substituted
Rotherham manager Steve Evans and Daniel Nardiello exchange words after Nardiello was substituted
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The decision to let Daniel Nardiello go out on loan was always going to divide opinion amongst Rotherham fans.

Steve Evans knew that, but as he points out, he is paid to make tough, sometimes unpopular, decisions. He might have the odd sleepless night but he justifies his actions in the name of moving the squad forward.

Of course, Nardiello is just the latest ‘fan favourite’ to depart. Popular players such as Ryan Cresswell, Ian Sharps, Johnny Mullins, Andy Warrington were also allowed to go. Others such as Kayode Odejayi, David Noble, Jason Taylor, Lionel Ainsworth have all been loaned out or moved on.

Apart from Warrington (at Buxton) and Ainsworth (Motherwell) all the rest are with clubs in League Two.

Try as he may, deny all he wants - and he has done and continues to do so - Evans will not kill off the rumours that have swirled around Rotherham for some time that he and the striker have clashed on occasions. And plenty in the New York Stadium saw the public confrontation between the pair at the dug-out shortly after the striker’s substitution against Swindon last month, admittedly at a moment of high emotion.

But decisions have to be made and now Evans is ready to bring in a new signing fairly soon and certainly before the November 28 deadline.

“We don’t sign players who lack ability, we sign players with lots of ability but they have to want it as much as the supporters want it and the minute they don’t show that, two or three times, then I’m the person who has to make the tough decision,” said Evans.

“It was never going to be popular moving on Daniel Nardiello whenever that may have been; it wasn’t popular moving on Andy Warrington - it was certainly brave - but you have to make tough decisions and have to ask the supporters to recognise that I want what they want. But I wanted it - and that is to take this club up higher.”

Tonight the Millers youngsters play Bury at NYS in the FA Youth Cup second round (7pm).