Rotherham United: January a crucial month for Millers boss Steve Evans

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Boss Steve Evans admits that the January transfer window is key to his long-term strategy for Rotherham United.

The Millers can sign players from today and Evans, whose side are at home to AFC Bournemouth in the FA Cup third round this afternoon, will be a busy man in the next four weeks.

“The January window two years ago set us up to get out of League Two. The January window last year set us up to get out of League One,” Evans said.

“We have to make sure the January window this year makes sure we’re part of the Championship next season, and then we can really build.

“We’re working on our transfer business now.

“There’s a lot of work that’s gone on in the last couple of weeks, and a lot of that work, I suppose, will really start to get serious when the Bournemouth match is behind us. We’ve targeted some big players.

“As always, to land a player at Championship level within the resources we have, we probably need to pursue three or four in the hope that at the end of it we catch one of them.

The Millers manager will adopt an approach used by his friend, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

“You have to base it on the words of the greatest manager who ever lived, Sir Alex,” Evans said.

“He said to me when you’re doing your recruitment in January it’s quite simple when you break your squad down and whether you take a player forward. No is no, yes is yes and maybe is a no. Maybe is a no because you’ve got doubts. if you’ve got doubts, move them out.

“We have to strengthen because others will strengthen. We need to add to the main group.”

Evans, who ruled out a loan return for Luciano Becchio because the striker isn’t match fit, says some players will leave the club before the end of the month.