BELIEVE ME, EVANS COULD YET END UP A T POSH...
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.