Rotherham United: Millers boss Steve Evans’ mission against big spenders

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The wage bills of the respective clubs are more than £55 million apart, but boss Steve Evans still believes Rotherham United can bridge the financial divide against Fulham today.

The West London outfit who visit AESSEAL New York Stadium this afternoon spent £60.4 million on salaries last season, compared to the Millers’ outlay of £4.8m.

Yet they’ve made a faltering start to their Championship campaign and Evans is targeting a first league victory of the season for his side,

“It’s two teams in need of a win, isn’t it?” Evans said. “It’s one of the top two or three spenders in the league against the bottom spenders.

“But that doesn’t give you any right to win football matches because you’ve spent more. It’s not always about money.”

This afternoon’s clash is the final match before the international break, and Evans said: “We’re ready for the break but we’re ready for it with a win. A win makes you enjoy that two weeks without playing even more.”

The Millers manager accepts other clubs in the division have superior budgets to the Millers, and he is happy to battle against the odds with the backing of chairman Tony Stewart and vice-chairman Richard Stewart.

“The wage bill at Fulham last year was £60.4 million and it will have gone up this year because they have signed players to improve them,” he said.

“Then you see us at £4.8m. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist or an accountant to work out the gulf in class you can get with that. But what we have to do is park that

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“We get fantastic support with the names I go to my chairman with. There will be a lot of debate in the room with myself, Tony and Richard Stewart. But do you know what my chairman is going to tell me at the end of it? ‘If you think they’re going to make us better, get them in.’

“Are we going to break the wage structure in the dressing room? No, we’re not. He knows I wouldn’t do it. And he knows I will bring players into the football club only if they appear to give us value for money.”

Evans is hoping to make two more signings before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.