STEVE Evans can’t stand losing.
Although Rotherham United plan on experimenting with personnel and formations in their pre-season friendlies, Evans, the Millers manager, is keen to immediately foster a winning culture.
The big-spending League Two side begin their gruelling schedule with an away trip to Parkgate on Saturday July 14, kick-off 2pm, before entertaining Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield United at the New York Stadium. They complete their programme in August by travelling to non-league duo Mansfield Town and Kettering Town
Assistant manager Paul Raynor says the Millers are relishing the challenge of pitting their wits against higher-league opposition over the summer in preparation for the club’s Capital One Cup meeting with Hull City on August 11.
He told The Star: “We wanted to play good teams and different styles. We wanted matches that have got a bit of an edge to them.
“We will certainly not go into the games looking to lose. Winning is not the be all and end all in pre-season but we want to go into the new season with a winning mentality.”
The club’s new-look first-team squad reported back for pre-season training on Monday and were put through their paces by Raynor and Evans. Raynor, embarking on his 10th pre-season alongside Evans, said: “The days when players could come back in not fit are long gone.”