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STEVE Evans says he doesn’t want the Peterborough job. Dar­ragh MacAn­thony says he isn’t get­ting it. But that doesn’t mean the Scot won’t end up at Lon­don Road.

Make no mis­take – the Rother­ham man­ager is MacAn­thony’s first choice and has been since the day he jet­ti­soned Dave Robert­son.

Evans, mean­while, would wad­dle over bro­ken glass to man­age Peterborough. One, be­cause he sup­ports the club and his fam­ily live there. Two, be­cause Rother­ham are pressed face first against a glass ceil­ing.

Tony Stewart is a fine chair­man but he’s no bil­lion­aire. The Millers sim­ply do not have the re­sources to sup­port a lengthy stay in the Cham­pi­onship. Evans worked mir­a­cles keep­ing the Millers up last year, but fans are fickle and mem­o­ries short; he knows his rep­u­ta­tion would be bet­ter served by quit­ting whilst he’s ahead.

But Stewart is a canny York­shire­man who knows the score. Even as­sum­ing he’s happy for Evans to leave, he’s hardly go­ing to turn his back on a hefty wedge of com­pen­sa­tion. Peterborough, mean­while, don’t want to cough up. The re­sult is an im­passe and a phoney war of pleas­antries, with both par­ties claim­ing mu­tual dis­in­ter­est.

Don’t buy it. MacAn­thony says he has a two-man short­list and is hold­ing off un­til things slip un­der care­taker Grant McCann. But if that de­lay yields more mis­ery for the Millers and a soft­en­ing of Stewart’s stance, he and Evans will be danc­ing arm in arm down Lon­don Road be­fore the month is out.

And if they aren’t, who­ever does take charge can be pretty sure that, come the next dip in form, MacAn­thony will be cast­ing glances Evans’ way again.

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