Dom Howson talks sport with Steve Evans

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Steve Evans, aged 50, has been Rotherham United’s manager since April.

What have you been doing today?

I’ve had two meetings with the chairman, a media press conference, overseen a training session and watched a DVD of our next opponents.

Who is your inspiration and why?

Sir Alex Ferguson. He has got great drive, determination and will to succeed. To me, he is the best manager that there will ever be in my lifetime.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

Kenny Dalgish. I am a Glasgow Celtic supporter. I was heartbroken the day I read in the paper he had joined Liverpool. He was my hero.

What’s your favourite other sport?

I play a bit of golf. It tends to be two or three rounds in the summer. I’m not very good because I don’t play enough.

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

It would be Sir Alex. I texted him a couple of times last week and he got straight back in touch with me about certain things. He is somebody who is there for all the managers. He is a great earpiece when you want advice on a situation. He is an incredible man.

When was the last time you cried?

I recently read Dave Jones autobiography ‘No Smoke No Fire’. He talks about the day he went to court to face some absolutely scandalous accusations of charges. He talks about being given a letter by his daughter to read as he travelled and left his daughters behind in the house. That really brought a tear to my eye.

Who or what are you most proud of?

My two daughters; Shannon and Nicole. They are two beautiful young ladies.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

I don’t like to keep talking about him but Sir Alex! When the opportunity arose to join Rotherham, I spoke to him and he said ‘Pick your next club by the chairman.’ He said within six months you will know if you have made the right decision. I didn’t need six months. I knew within six hours I picked the right club. I work for a fantastic chairman and I only hope I am good enough to deliver the success he deserves.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

I don’t think you ever know you are good. You always try to be good. You judge yourself on your last and next games.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

There is no particular item I take everywhere.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

I think leading Crawley Town out at Old Trafford in the fifth round of the FA Cup. I was nervous because I thought we could get beat 10-0! I was worried about what could happen. The reality is we lost 1-0 and played Manchester United off the pitch.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

Yes. Of course you do. I think it is important to question your decision process when you win or equally if you lose.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

I don’t know a lot about it. I don’t use Facebook or Twitter. Some of my staff use it but I don’t.

How do you relax away from sport ?

I take my daughters for a meal or have a beer with my assistant manager but I’m not a big social person. I work seven days a week!

Where was your last holiday - and would you go again ?

I had three days in June at Center Parcs.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite - if not who provides that favourite meal?

I cook a mean chilli.

What was the last book you read?

Dave Jones’ autobiography. It was really good.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

I would probably work for a business somewhere in a marketing role.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

If you don’t know Steve Evans, you don’t like him. If you know Steve Evans, you love him.

Favourite TV programme?

Coronation Street. I love it!