SORRY, STEVE, I WANT YOU TO STAY UP
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