SORRY, STEVE, I WANT YOU TO STAY UP

The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

ROTHER­HAM boss Steve Evans was up to his old tricks again this week, claim­ing no­body wants the un­fash­ion­able Millers clut­ter­ing up the Cham­pi­onship.

Like a lower league Mour­inho, the Scot loves to foster a per­se­cu­tion com­plex and is more than happy to pro­vide the au­thor­i­ties with ammunition.

Yet while Evans re­mains a bad de­ci­sion away from det­o­na­tion, he is cer­tainly a far more mea­sured man than in his hell-rais­ing Con­fer­ence days with Craw­ley Town.

More to the point, he is qui­etly (and who’d have thought you could ever say that?) do­ing a very good job in South York­shire.

Rother­ham’s re­sources are slim. Their gates strug­gle to top five fig­ures and are the low­est in the di­vi­sion af­ter Bournemouth. Three years ago, they were play­ing in League Two.

But since pro­mo­tion through the play-offs in May, the Millers have oc­cu­pied a place in the bot­tom three for just one soli­tary week.

Now they have lost just three of their last 12 games. Day by day, guys like Adam Collin are find­ing their feet in the Cham­pi­onship, aided by cast-offs like Con­nor Sammon and Matt Der­byshire. And Evans is work­ing out what’s needed at this level.

The Millers are more than wel­come in the Cham­pi­onship. And hav­ing kept their heads above wa­ter for so long, it would be an injustice if they were sucked down at the death.

QUIET? Steve Evans

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