Rotherham striker Alex Revell has revealed that the real Steve Evans is not the manager you see ranting and raving on the touchline.
Evans will lead the Millers out at Wembley in the League One play-off final against Leyton Orient as a man with a reputation for unsavoury antics on the sidelines which have landed him in hot water.
The fiery Scot, who is never afraid to tell officials what he thinks of their decisions, received a 10-match touchline ban when at Crawley and was also involved in an alleged incident in the tunnel at Bradford which led to a six-match stadium ban, a punishment he had to serve when at Rotherham.
But Revell is part of the Millers’ squad that has flourished under Evans’ leadership and are now one game away from back-to-back promotions and a first return to the Championship in 10 years.
And Revell insists the message Evans gets across is more important than the way he delivers it.
“People always talk in football, but the perception people have of him is totally different to what he is behind the scenes,” the 11-goal striker said. “We know that he is enthusiastic and passionate and sometimes maybe he does take it too far.
“For me personally he has been brilliant, I have played a lot of games under him. If you can see through the ranting and raving and you can just take the content out then it makes sense and you can see what he is trying to say.
“People see how he is on the touchline, by all accounts he has calmed down so I don’t know what he was like before it!
“But he deserves the success at this football club because he has worked hard.”
Evans can also adopt the softly-softly approach and did so to coax Revell out of his lowest moment at the club earlier in the season.
After missing a host of chances in October’s defeat to MK Dons, Revell then inexplicably chose to pass to a team-mate instead of shooting when through on goal and he was withdrawn at half-time.
But Evans rebuilt his confidence and Revell went on to play a major part in the Millers’ success this season.
“It was the lowest I have been after that because I’d actually played quite well, but in front of goal I had just been deserted,” Revell added. “He took me into a room and said ‘I believe in everything you do’.
“He took me out the next game but since then I have hardly missed a match. He put belief back into me and it was good. He stuck by me and I’d like to think I have repaid him.
“When you take the content out of what he says it makes sense, if you can forget the screaming and shouting.
“As a footballer you have to do that, you’re there to learn and he was excellent for me.”
Revell joined the Millers in 2011 from Leyton Orient and although he is happy for former boss Russell Slade and the success he has enjoyed, the striker knows there is no room for sentiment.
“We have a job to do and it is going to be a tough, tough job,” he said. “Orient have had a magnificent season, it’s third versus fourth, which is the way it should be, so it will be whoever gets a bit of luck.
“I want to go there and enjoy it, we are looking forward to it. We are going to go there and go and get the win.”