ROTHERHAM United have sorely missed ‘lunatic’ manager Steve Evans barking out orders on the touchline.
That is the view of goalkeeper Scott Shearer in the wake of the Millers alarming run of results in League Two.
Evans is set to return to the dugout for Saturday’s trip to struggling Aldershot after completing a six-match stadium ban imposed to him by the Football Association for using foul and abusive language towards a female Bradford match steward when in charge of Crawley Town.
In his absence, Rotherham have won just twice and fallen to 13th in the League Two standings.
Evans issued an “unreserved apology” to Millers supporters following their second-half capitulation to Southend United as the side slipped to their second defeat at the New York Stadium this season.
He branded the showing ‘inept’ and added: “For me, there was a distinct lack of effort, which in football is unforgivable.”
Shot-stopper Shearer told The Star: “Steve is a lunatic. I’m sure he comes across as a headcase on the sidelines but, in a one on one situation, he is a good guy to talk to.
“Every manager has different methods and works in different ways. Steve’s passion rubs off on the team. He puts pressure on you to perform every time you go out there.”
Chairman Tony Stewart has backed Evans to arrest the Millers slump in fortunes. He is concerned with their league position but is refusing to panic.
“I thought it was a coup when we brought Steve in and I still feel he is the right man,” Stewart insisted.
Assistant manager Paul Raynor has overseen first-team affairs during Evans’ suspension but he, like Shearer, is looking forward to Evans making his presence felt at Aldershot. The Shots have lost six on the spin.
n Rotherham bowed out of the first round of the FA Cup Youth Cup, losing 2-1 at Rochdale last night. Striker Luke Beedham put the visitors ahead but second-half strikes from Kevin Masirika and Callum Camps ended their hopes.