Rotherham United: Boss Evans draws up New Year shortlist

Rotherham United v Rochdale - FA Cup Round 2 - 7th November 2013 - Steve Evans looks back in anger as another decision goes against the Millers
Rotherham United v Rochdale - FA Cup Round 2 - 7th November 2013 - Steve Evans looks back in anger as another decision goes against the Millers

Steve Evans, the Rotherham United manager, will this week begin his preparations for the January transfer window with chairman Tony Stewart.

Evans, whose Millers side face title-chasing Wolverhapton Wanderers at the New York Stadium this weekend, has drawn up a detailed shortlist of targets as he looks to maintain Rotherham’s play-off push into the New Year.

“It’s a busy week leading up to the Wolves game,” Evans said.

“We had a behind-closed-doors match in the week, and there were a few matches I watched as I go about planning our recruitment drive for January.

“I have had a meeting with the chairman [Stewart] this week, to specifically go through my detailed plans and I look forward to that as he really is so supportive.

“You do not need your boss to ring you on a Sunday when you have won the day before; you need them to ring you when it has not gone well.

“Tony Stewart was as magnificent last week [after the Rochdale FA Cup exit] as he was on Sunday morning [after beating Bristol City 2-1].

“He is as consistent as any manager could wish for.”

The Millers strengthened their position in the top six with their third straight league win at Ashton Gate, as on-loan striker Nouha Dicko netted his fourth goal in as many games.

Ben Pringle put the Millers two goals up, before a late Bobby Reid strike set up a tense finish.

Rotherham will encounter probably their sternest test of the season so far this weekend, though, in their final match before Christmas.

Kenny Jackett’s side are three points clear of third-placed Brentford, and only a point behind table toppers Leyton Orient.

They boast the league’s most miserly defence, conceding only 13 goals in 20 games - but have actually scored one goal fewer than Rotherham!

“Bristol was an excellent win, but I am thoroughly delighted with the character we have in this group,” Evans said.

“They have high standards, and our only focus now is the Wolves match - we all know just how tough that is going to be.”

Michael O Connor, Joe Skarz, Rob Milsom and Pablo Mills all returned to training this week and could come into contention this weekend.