Rotherham United: Give Evans the award - Raynor

Paul Raynor and Steve Evans
Paul Raynor and Steve Evans
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Assistant manager Paul Raynor reckons Steve Evans is worthy of being named as Manager of the Month.

The Rotherham United boss is on the League One shortlist, as he was in February, but the other candidates include Kenny Jackett of leaders Wolves who had a better points return.

Rotherham were unbeaten in their seven matches and got 17 points but Jackett oversaw his side get 19 points although they did so from one game more, eight to Rotherham’s seven.

But Rotherham didn’t lose whereas Wolves did lose one.

“I don’t know what will happen but I think he deserves it for what the team have achieved,” said Raynor.

“We won five of the seven and drew the other two and we finished off with three really tough games - Peterborough, Brentford and vastly improved Bristol City - and won those three.

“It would be some sort of recognition but I’m not sure he gets the recognition he deserves.

“The Steve Evans that people see is the one on the touchline, showing his passionate side - every picture you see of him he’ll be pointing or looking angry.

“But there’s more to him than shouting on the sideline. What they don’t see is another side to him.

“What a good man-manager he is; the way he gets people to respond; the way he gets his point across which might be in different ways. He’s a real motivator who has won things everywhere he’s been.

“He knows his football, has great contacts. He found Kari Arnason tucked away in Aberdeen and he spreads his net far and wide.

“Whether he wins it or not, he’ll only be interested in us winning at Gillingham tomorrow,” added Raynor.”

Rotherham go to the Priestfield Stadium not having won on any of their last 12 visits, the last victory being in 1988.

Raynor said: “First of all we want to ensure we end the day guaranteed to be in the Play-offs and, of course, we’d like to do that with a win” (they need a point to guarantee it).

“We like breaking runs and sequences but this will be difficult because Peter Taylor will have them well organised and it’s a hostile crowd down there and a difficult place to go.”