New rules governing managers’ touchline behaviour come into force this season, but it will still be the same old animated Steve Evans patrolling his technical area.
The Rotherham United manager swears he won’t be altering his ways after the Football Assocation issued a fresh set of guidelines.
“I’m not worried. It won’t affect me. Nothing will change,” he pledged. “If they come in my technical area, I’ll tell them where to go!”
Minor infringements like sarcasticaly applauding a referee’s decision are likely to bring a warning, while more serious acts like acting aggressively towards an opposing manager could result in a ban.
But Evans believes the FA don’t really want him or other bosses to curtail their passion for the game.
“We’ve not had any issues at Rotherham in three years and I don’t expect to have any issues,” he said. “I think the Rotherham United staff will appeal for every decision they can. That will never change.
“I don’t think the FA want that to change. I just think that they want to make sure both benches are in an orderly fashion.”
Despite Evans’ reputation for volatility, his behaviour since he joined the Millers hasn’t incurred the wrath of the FA - and he says there are methods of letting rival benches know of his displeasure without resorting to intimidation.
“As Mr Mourinho (Chelsea boss Jose) has said this week, he doesn’t have to shake hands with anyone in the world, including Arsene Wenger (Arseal manager),” he said.
“So you can always do it that way, can’t you, if you’re unhappy with what people have said.”
Rotherham kick off their Championship campaign at home to newly-promoted MK Dons this afternoon, and the most recent of Evans’ 12 summer signings, Chris Maguire and Joe Newell, could be among the new boys making their league bows for the club
“Our recruitment process has been fantastic,” the Millers boss said. “We took our time. The last two signings are perfect examples of that. Chrissy Maguire talked to more clubs than a golfer has in his bag, there was so much interest him, and as for young Joe … we started talking to Peterborough four weeks ago.
Former Sheffield Wednesday forward Maguire said: “We can see the manager has been busy in the close season. He has brought in players who have played at this level, so everybody knows what you need to do to play in the Championship.
“We have got experience in the team and I am sure if everybody sticks together and works hard we will do well.”
Maguire trained on his own after leaving the Owls, but has spent the last two weeks honing his fitness with his new teammates.
“It’s been a bit of a nightmare for me because I came back later than everyone else, but I have kept on top of my fitness and I am really excited about the start of the campaign,” he said.
“I feel all right, I know I have still got a little bit of match fitness, but I don’t feel bad. It’s just about getting that sharpness.”
Teenage loan centre-half Farrend Rawson will join up with the squad on Tuesday after receiving treatment for a groin strain at parent club Derby County.