Rotherham United: Exciting times ahead for Millers says boss Evans

Rotherham United manager Steve Evans
Rotherham United manager Steve Evans
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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans says there are “exciting times” ahead for the football club and has called on the players to buy in to it to be a part of it.

“We have had some great times in the last 15 months and I’ve said to the boys that there are some exciting times coming to this football club,” said Evans.

“I hope I can deliver them and, if I can’t, then someone else will. But if they really want to be part of it, of what we’re going to achieve, then turn up every day with an enthusiasm to train, turn up every day wanting to do well and then, on matchday, prepare to give your all.

“We are trying to strengthen and to get into this team you have to have that workrate and desire, qualities we had in abundance at Stevenage. If not, then you can’t play for us. And that’s a desire for training and games and a hunger to dig in whether training or in games.”

With Daniel Nardiello having gone on loan to Bury - with the prospect of it being extended to the end of the season in January - Evans said he is aiming to have someone in.

“There’ll definitely be someone in before November 28 but it doesn’t mean we won’t do some decent business in January,” added Evans suggesting they may be paying money for someone then.

“Before then we could be looking at a loan with an option to buy. I’ve spoke to the chairman, explained my decisions and he’s supported me and said go-ahead and now Paul Douglas (Chief Operating Officer) has a couple of names.

“People I’d like have been identified.”

“When I came in here it was a revolution in terms of the mass of signings. Now it’s evolution and being more specific.

“Before it was the shotgun approach, shooting en masse. Now, the rifle is out pinpointing a target.”

The Millers are at home to Carlisle on Saturday with Evans having to check out how Kari Arnason is after the emotionally draining week combined with lots of travel that the player has endured with Iceland in their World Cup play-off with Croatia.

* The Millers U18 team beat Bury 3-2 in the FA Youth Cup last night at New York Stadium with a late goal by Harley Wigley. Michael Williamson and Ayrton Bevins had scored the earlier goals. They are way to Leicester in the third round.

* Rotherham’s JPT semi-final at Fleetwood has been set for Tuesday, December 10.