Rotherham United: Steve Evans and Tony Stewart to finalise Millers players’ fates

Millers manager Steve Evans
Millers manager Steve Evans

Manager Steve Evans will have one final discussion with chairman Tony Stewart before Rotherham United announce which players they want to keep next season.

Evans and No 2 Paul Raynor are having talks with individual squad members today, after the Millers secured their Championship survival last week, and the Rotherham boss will then meet with club owner Stewart.

“We’ll follow up the player talks late in the afternoon with the chairman. He’s already aware of a lot of it anyway. We meet every day and we both live and breathe it,” Evans revealed.

Despite their three-point deduction for fielding and ineligible player, Rotherham ended their season on a high with a four-match unbeaten run and finished five points above the drop zone.

Evans’ aim for next year is to turn them into a midtable team or better and he is plotting his recruitment accordingly.

“It’s about quality in the summer, it’s not about quantity,” he said.

The Millers completed their second-tier programme on Saturday with a 0-0 draw at Leeds United, and Evans added: “We’ve had some players out there who have been outstanding through the season.

“We want to be adding to them and giving them good players to play with or good players to compete with. And that’s what we’re going to try to do.

“We’ll sit down in the afternoon, and the chairman will say ‘yes’ to a lot of the things I’m asking for, like he’s always done. And then we’ll go and try to put it into place.”

The club hope to make a statement later today or tomorrow.

Evans continued: “The chairman is aware of my thoughts on all of it. We don’t work here on the basis that I go in and we have a sudden meeting about players. We talk players every day.

“There will be nothing that I say to the chairman - whether it’s players under contract going forward or players under contract we’re perhaps willing to let move on, whether it’s players we need to give new contracts to, if it’s players out of contract we want to help or players out of contract we’re releasing - where he has one surprise.

“As he’s always said, he’s not a man for a surprise when he works with Steve Evans. And vice-versa.”