Rotherham United: Steve Evans’ respect for man who controls Millers money

Tony Stewart
Tony Stewart

Tony Stewart is the man who might sack him one day, but Steve Evans still insists he will never have a better boss.

Chairman Stewart and manager Evans are working together on Rotherham United’s summer recruitment, further cementing a relationship which has been strong since the day they paired up at the Millers three years ago.

“I have got the best chairman any manager could ever wish to work for both personally and professionally,” Evans said.

“He might sack me one day, but I am sure he will sack me and do it in a very honourable fashion.”

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Evans, who has a bigger transfer budget than last season, says Rotherham could announce their first pre-season signing next week as they prepare for their second season in the Championship.

And he believes that, under Stewart’s leadership, the Millers are an example for other clubs to follow in how they conduct their business.

“I have my views about the Football League and I have said them, perhaps tongue in cheek,” Evans said. “They have been expressed when we haven’t got a throw-in or a penalty kick!

“But I think the one thing that the Football League do talk about privately to other clubs is that Rotherham United is a beacon light of how a football club should be run with no debt, no overdraft. It’s all funded. It’s all money in the bank before we buy something.”

Evans spent last week talking to players and agents before devoting some time to his UEFA Pro Licence coaching course.

He and Stewart will be meeting regularly as the club’s bids to land new players unfold in the next few weeks.

Evans revealed he canvassed the opinion of previous Rotherham managers when he became aware of the Millers’ interest in taking him from Crawley Town.

“I am very honoured to work for Tony Stewart,” he said. “People who have worked for him, Mark Robins and Ronnie Moore ... I spoke to both of those guys before I took the job here.

“They said you couldn’t wish to work for a better man.”