Steve Evans came to the fore in football management when he was Crawley Town boss for five years through 2012, when he signed on at Rotherham United and he has now got Rotherham promoted in each of the last two seasons, and you cannot say that Steve isn’t passionate about the game – and about his players, who play their hearts out for him.
Steve Evans – Rotherham manager is a real character
And there was a great scene on TV after Alex Revell had hit the second of Rotherham’s two goals in just five minutes in the second half, with a simply magnificent shot from 25 yards out, that saw Steve running down the touchline like a mad man – with the commentators comparing that with a certain Jose Mourinho who tends to do the same thing when excited.
And certainly both Steve and Jose are characters in the game – to be sure – and Steve seems to be a very good manager and we’ll be interested to see how well they can do in the Championship next season.
James Tavernier and Haris Vuckic have been on loan at Rotherham, but Pardew will speak to each player before he decides what their futures may be, and he had this to say in the Chronicle:
“I know Alan wanted to get the play-offs out the way before he sits down with both lads individually.” “He will look at it from a distance and a professional point of view.¨
“He is a pleasure to deal with and he is very much like Sir Alex Ferguson to deal with on that basis.” “They’ve both been excellent for us.¨ “There are two scenarios. James Tavernier came in ready to play.¨
¨Haris came in on the back end of an injury period he had.¨ “He’s managed to get back on the pitch and do well. Tav has been great for us.¨ “We are thankful to Alan Pardew, Steve Stone and Lee Charnley up at Newcastle United for allowing us to have their players.¨
“We never forget when we sign players from a big club like Newcastle, that we have to respect that they are Newcastle players, and should be treated accordingly.”
Those are really good words from Steve and it was good to see James play the whole game on Sunday at Wembley, and he looked a good solid player, and at least Haris got on in extra time, but for him its been a bit of a disappointing time, since he’s never managed to get a starting position at the Millers.
This is just one of many decisions that Pardew will have to make on some of his younger players in the summer, most of whom have not done too well while out on loan last season.
And one last thought – why wouldn’t we want make Rotherham United a feeder club?