Sheffield Wednesday: Rival boss queries Owls’ handling of forward

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A rival Championship boss has questioned Sheffield Wednesday’s handling of striker Stevie May.

Steve Evans, the Rotherham United manager, claims the Owls failed to play to the Scotland international’s strengths last season.

May notched only seven goals in 43 Wednesday outings as Stuart Gray’s troops finished in 13th position, eight places higher and 14 points better off than the Millers.

Although he remains a big admirer of May’s qualities, Evans has ruled out a summer move for the attacker, insisting he is not on Rotherham’s “radar”.

“Stevie May is a good player and there are goals in him and I have respect and admiration in him,” he said.

“The Owls play one up front and Stevie is better in a side that play two up front and his advisers should have told him how Sheffield Wednesday play.”

May has mainly been deployed as a centre-forward and paired alongside Atdhe Nuhiu up front by Gray. Following a loss of form, May was left out of the starting line-up for their final three matches.

It is understood Rotherham tracked May for several months before the Owls entered the race to sign the 22-year-old and ended up pipping their neighbours to his signature last August.

May, the subject of a failed loan approach by old club St Johnstone earlier this week, travelled south to speak the Millers and Wednesday a day before the start of the 2014/15 campaign. After speaking to Gray, May ultimately opted to join the Owls in an £800,000 deal.

Evans believes wages were the deciding factor behind May’s decision to move to Hillsborough.

“I believe he [May] went there for money which he is entitled to do because, like all of us, players have families to support,” said Evans.

Speaking last November, Evans said Wednesday offered May “a lot more money” than Rotherham and suggested he would be one of their top earners.

“There was always a feeling, from his representatives more than him, that unless we could do something radical on finance then he was always going to find himself across the motorway,” he said.

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