Evans cools Owls talk to concentrate on Millers

Steve Evans, right, has ruled himself out of the running to replace Dave Jones, left, at Owls
Steve Evans, right, has ruled himself out of the running to replace Dave Jones, left, at Owls

Manager Steve Evans has reiterated his commitment to Rotherham United after speculation that he could be approached to be the next boss of Sheffield Wednesday.

Evans, who led the Millers to promotion from League Two last term and has taken them into the League One play-off picture, was mentioned as a possible Hillsborough successor to Dave Jones, who was sacked at the weekend after another Owls defeat at Blackpool.

But, after attending a meeting with chairman Tony Stewart and chief operating officer Paul Douglas, Evans released a statement distancing himself from any move to Rotherham’s struggling Championship neighbours.

“I can confirm I was called to a meeting with my chairman, Tony Stewart, and chief operating officer Paul Douglas,” Evans said.

“The meeting was primarily to discuss a matter which relates to the recent press speculation over the previous 24 hours.

“In that said meeting, I reiterated my commitment to Rotherham United FC and the project I started some 18 months ago.

“As a manager you must remain focused on the job in hand and there is certainly much work to be done, not only immediately, but also in the medium and long term.

“When your team is winning football matches on a regular basi,s and playing a brand of football that is exciting to watch, there normally follows an admiration for what you are delivering.

“However, I will not allow anything to take my focus off the work that is needed to deliver the objections set for me by a very supportive chairman and board of directors.”

The 51-year-old Glaswegian began his managerial career at Stamford, before spells at Boston United and Crawley Town.

He left Crawley to take over the Millers last April, signing a three-year deal at the club.

His Rotherham side have already beaten Wednesday this season, in the Captial One Cup at the New York Stadium.

Evans has also masterminded victories over rivals Sheffield United, as well as the likes of Brentford and Bradford City.

The Millers boss has been nominated for the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month after an unbeaten November, which included three wins by three-goal margins against Stevenage, Coventry and Gillingham.