Rotherham United: Millers boss Steve Evans appreciates backing of Tony Stewart

Steve  Evans and Tony Stewart
Steve Evans and Tony Stewart
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Rotherham United manager Steve Evans is looking to add the finishing touches to his January recruitment grateful he has a chairman who “puts his money where his mouth is”.

Evans hopes to add two more players to his squad before the transfer window closes on February 3 and says offers have already been made after Millers owner Tony Stewart gave the go-ahead

“My relationship with the chairman is first-class,” he said.

“We’ve got a couple of bids in and we’ll see where they go. It’s not about us just going out and having a look in general terms.

“Unlike one or two locally, he puts his money where his mouth is. We’ve got significant amounts of money.”

The Millers manager has refused to be specific about the areas of the team he still wants to strengthen but conceded last week that one of his targets “has a track record of scoring a goal”.

He added: “Our chairman demands value for money and gives us millions to spend on our team.

“It’s not about the money. It’s about value for money. If the deal was right, Tony Stewart would spend more than a million pounds to sign a player for this football club.

“The chairman and I speak on a daily basis and the support he has given me on transfers has been fantastic from the day I walked through the door at Rotherham United.”

Evans has already signed forward Danny Ward on a full deal and also brought in attacking midfielder Jack Barmby, winger Adam Hammill, striker Conor Sammon and left-back Zeki Fryers on loan.

But by the end of the window he intends to have trimmed the squad size to about 20.

“There will be three or four who leave in this window because they’re not going to be part of getting in the team because the management don’t see them as getting in,” he said.

Evans said the club will be “very selective” in who they bring in as he looks to match the quality of loan signings like Tom Lawrence and Emmanuel Ledesma who made such an impact throughout December.

“There’ll be one or two select players,” he confirmed.

Attacker Lawrence and winger Ledesma have since returned to parent clubs Leicester City and Middlesbrough respectively. Lawrence has featured in the Foxes first team since, but Ledesma has remained unused by Boro who turned down the Millers’ bid to take the Argentine permanently.

Rotherham next play on Tuesday, January 27 at home to Bolton (KO 7.45pm).