Rotherham United: Millers boss Steve Evans realistic over budget

Steve Evans
Steve Evans

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans doesn’t enjoy the spending power of his rival managers in the Championship, but he’s not complaining.

After successive promotions, the Millers have arguably the smallest budget in the second tier this season.

Evans says: “I have to live in the real world.

“Throughout my career, I had a top-end budget the two years I was in the Conference. But I won it twice.

“And I got out of League Two on a couple of occasions with a good budget and got promoted from League One with a reasonable budget.

“At this level, we cannot compete with a lot of clubs, but we look to get value for money with our signings.”

The club was saved from administration by chairman Tony Stewart, and he and Evans have masterminded the rise of the Millers from League Two to the Championship.

“I have got the most loyal, fantastic and whole-hearted chairman I could wish to work for,” Evans said. “In essence, he really is a great man.”

Rotherham have famously been more than the sum of their parts throughout Evans’ time in charge.

The Millers manager said: “We have got some talented players. Individually, not a lot of clubs would sign them, but collectively they would sign them.”

Evans’ side return to action on Saturday at home to Birmingham after the two-week international break.

Nikola Zigic could be in line for a shock return to the Blues after he rejoined them for training.

New boss Gary Rowett has invited the giant striker back to the club after he initially left in the summer when his contract expired. Rowett said: “He is a player who is available and I am aware of the contribution to this club over the last four years,”

Former Millers striker Wes Thomas misses Saturday through suspension.