ROTHERHAM UNITED: Banned boss Steve Evans could still have a watching brief

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STEVE Evans has to find something else to do on a Saturday afternoon - starting tomorrow.

But it still could entail watching Rotherham United even though he is banned from the New York Stadium for tomorrow’s game with Torquay as he starts his six game stadium ban.

Efforts are being made to try and set up a live stream of the game for Evans to watch from 3 o’clock tomorrow.

“If I can’t be there, then watching the game live would be the next best option obviously,” said Evans.

“If not, then I shall be off to check out next Tuesday’s opponents, Rochdale who are at AFC Wimbledon.

“I shall be in touch with the bench - there’s nothing that says you can’t do that - but things will be in the capable hands of Paul Raynor and an experienced staff.

“Paul is an experienced assistant manager who I have worked with for years and know and trust. He’ll be making the decisions but on matchdays when, say, making substitutions, I have asked Paul and the staff about certain decisions.”

He admitted, however, that serving the ban will be a difficult time for him.

“Yes, it will be hard, it will be tough but that’s why they’ve done it,” he said adding: “But I’ll be back.

“And it won’t change me. I’m still going to have the passion, the desire, the commitment on matchdays when I get back.”

What effect will his touchline absence have on the players?

“It doesn’t matter if you jump up and down and shout... some respond to that and some don’t,” he said.

“It shouldn’t affect them; those players are going out there to perform and get three points.”

He said he had had “incredible support” from the club with chairman Tony Stewart giving him his full support.

“We have spoken two, three times a day and he knows the full story,” said Evans.

“But come tomorrow, it’s not about Steve Evans, it’s about the team going for three points and the players are determined to put last week’s result behind them.

“We have another tough game against a good side, well managed by Martin Ling, who have done well in this division but who manage to sneak under the radar whilst doing so.”