Rotherham United: Millers boss Steve Evans eyes new coach and old physio

Retiring Millers physio Denis Circuit
Retiring Millers physio Denis Circuit

Boss Steve Evans is hoping for the appointment of a new face and the return of an “old codger” to boost his Rotherham United backroom staff.

The Millers manager believes the club need an extra coach to cope with the demands of the Championship.

And he wants to talk phsyiotherapist Denis Circuit into accepting a part-time role rather than heading off into full-time retirement.

“We’d like to add another coach to myself, the two Pauls (No 2 Raynor and fitness coach Warne) and Andy (goalkeeper coach Dibble),” Evans said.

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“Paul Warne is really on top of the fitness side of it and the nutrition side. He’s top man at his job. Andy Dibble, with the goalkeepers, has delivered.

Millers fitness coach Paul Warne

Millers fitness coach Paul Warne

“Paul Raynor and myself just need a little bit of assistance.”

Evans plans to raise the subject with chairman Tony Stewart at one of their regular get-togethers.

“Whether our chairman thinks that now is the right time, I’ll have to have that meeting,” he said. “It all depends on what we get signed off.”

Evans is keen to retain the influence of the well-liked Circuit whom he describes as a “father figure” at the club,

“Denis is going, but I am still hopeful the old codger will be around a couple of days a week or something like that,” he said.

“I have become close to Denis in my three years here, and I don’t think any of the staff would hide that from anyone.

“He’s an inspirational man who we are all very very fond of. He’s the father figure around us.”

Circuit, now aged 66 and once the physio at Sheffield United, planned to retire after last year’s League One Play-off Final success but was persuaded to come back after the Millers’ first season back in the second tier in nearly a decade had got under way.

In two spells at the club he has chalked up well over 700 games.

Evans said: “I love having chats with him, especially coming back from games.

“He’s got a very simplistic way about himself and that’s probably the medical side of him coming out in as much as he says ‘I thought this and thought that’. There are no grey areas.

“Hopefully we might be able to find a little role so the old codger can come out of his back garden a couple of days a week.”