Sheffield Wednesday/Rotherham United: Steve Evans too loyal for Owls switch

Steve Evans
Steve Evans

He believes Sheffield Wednesday could be a top-six Premier League club and was flattered when they wanted him as their next manager, but Rotherham United boss Steve Evans says it’s unlikely he’ll ever end up in the Hillsborough hot-seat.

The two clubs clash this afternoon at a sold-out AESSEAL New York Stadium, with the Millers desperate for points in their Championship survival battle and Wednesday determined to earn South Yorkshire bragging rights” after their Capital One Cup defeat there last season.

Evans says his bond with Rotherham, who he has led from League Two to the second tier, would make a switch hard to contemplate.

“You never can tell in football, can you?” Evans said. “But I’m very, very loyal, not only to the man I work for in Tony Stewart but also to other people as well, whether that be players or family.

“I think it would be pretty difficult to go locally and manage with the passion and the desire I have to win matches.

“I was in my lounge at 5am on Thursday morning in a cold sweat because we lost at Nottingham Forest the night before.

“When it’s deep-rooted in you like that, you have to have a bit of decorum and respect really. So I would say it would possibly be unlikely.”

Former Owls chairman Milan Mandaric made an approach for Evans last season before turning to current head coach Stuart Gray.

Evans added: “Wednesday are a great football club with a great support. They’re possibly a club big enough to be in the top six in the Premiership. That’s how big our challenge is at New York.”