Rotherham United: Millers boss Steve Evans delivers Christmas message by text

Steve Evans
Steve Evans

When boss Steve Evans decided his players would be training on Christmas Day, he knew he had to break the news to them like a man.

So he took out his phone and texted them!

With the Millers entertaining Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day, Evans knew there would be final preparations to make as his side look to build on their Championship win at Wigan Athletic last Saturday.

“I’ve done the normal manly thing and texted it (the Christmas schedule) to them,” he said.

“I didn’t get any responses saying ‘thank you’! I was brave, I was in their eyes and told them via text!

“They’ve known for a few weeks now that we’d work over Christmas. Any supporters that are around our training ground are most welcome on Christmas morning to get some fresh air and see the lads out there.

“We have to prepare for Huddersfield. They are a team, since their new manager (Chris Powell) has gone in, that have seen an upturn in fortunes.

“We’ll not have a lot of time off, but you get out what you put in.”

The Millers, unbeaten in their last four matches, are up to 19th in the table, one place above their December 26 visitors.

“There will be no secrets to how they play, 4-5-1 out of possession, 4-3-3 when they are attacking you,” Evans said.

He knows Christmas is a vital and busy period, saying: “You have to get the balance right between working the players and making sure they’re fresh and they’ready.

“I think there’s no given right to train on Christmas Day. Probably half the clubs will and half the clubs won’t. We’ve been off in the past and went to Rochdale and won, and we’ve been in and we’ve got beat.

“The only thing you have to do as a manager or a coach is to be able to go to bed at night and say ‘if we’ve not won the game, I’ve done all I can to affect us winning’. That means we train on Christmas Day.”