Stepping in to League One is a fresh challenge for Rotherham United but an entirely new one for manager Steve Evans.
He has managed, and been successful in, non-league and League Two but will now be stepping into the ‘unknown’ in terms of managerial experience as he hasn’t managed at League One level before.
He remains unfazed by it and retorts: “I’ve had plenty of success against League One clubs, and higher, in my time. But I’m confident going into it and it just happens to be a new challenge.”
In assessing League One Evans added: “There is a difference in that it is slightly less physical and there is more emphasis on passing. But I think we were the best passing team in League Two last season and I have confidence in these players we have . I’ve always felt that they’ll be better suited to it.”
He said he would not change his managerial style but did acknowledge that they would have to be a bit smarter at times and there was the need to be more tactically aware because they will be meeting better teams.
“I was under pressure last year to deliver promotion but the personal pressure I put on myself won’t change,” he said.
“We will need to learn fast. I recall Chesterfield going up impressively a couple of seasons ago and then they came straight down and remember that John Sheridan, who was then in charge, saying they had played teams off the park then gone and lost. We don’t want to be doing that.”
Evans refused to say whether new man Matt Tubbs would start but said he had missed a week’s training recently and that he might take two or three games to get up to full speed.
Crewe could include new striker Vadaine Oliver, signed from Lincoln, who came through Sheffield Wednesday’s ranks.
Rotherham have put a deadline of noon next Tuesday for ticket sales for the Sheffield Wednesday Cup-tie.