Rotherham United: Millers boss Steve Evans eyes loan market

Steve Evans
Steve Evans

Boss Steve Evans is already looking beyond Tuesday’s transfer deadline as he looks to bring in the players he believes can help lift Rotherham United off the foot of the Championship table.

Evans is hoping for new arrivals before the 6pm September 1 deadline but also plans to be active beyond that when the loan window is open once more.

“Permanent signings are one thing and the loan market, which reopens again after a week, is another thing,” he said.

“We’ll try to do one or two bits of business before Tuesday, but there’ll be more business to be done during the week which will get ratified the following week.

The Millers slipped to a 3-1 defeat against Fulham on Saturday to go into the international break in bottom spot in the second tier, and Evans admitted the disappointing display at AESSEAL New York Stadium against the Cottagers could have an influence on further recruitment.

“It makes you look at certain things again,” he said.

Figures released last week revealed that Rotherham spent £4.8 million on wages - more than £55m behind Fulham’s total - and the Millers manager added:

“We have to be very prudent in the market.

“I don’t need to come out and talk about finance anymore, which is great, now that this report has come out that shows you how tough our job is.

“But at the minute, even with the resources we have got, we’re not doing our jobs, and that buck stops with me.”

Thw club are working on potential deals and Evans postponed his UEFA Pro Licence coaching course this weekend to allow him to concentrate on them.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that we’ll spend if we can get the players in, but there are a number of things that have to happen, obviously,” he said after Saturday’s game.

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“The two clubs have to agree, the player has to want to come and, thirdly, we have to agree terms.

“There have been a number of calls made by our chief executive, sanctioned by our chairman, so we’re trying to do things. We have to continue to run this football club in a proper fashion.

“Would I like a £60m budget? I certainly wouldn’t be in the Championship. I’d be in the Premier League with it.”

Frazer Richardson was stretchered off in the second half with a twisted ankle, while Joe Mattock and Lee Frecklington were out injured.

Evans described the performance of scorer Jonson Clarke-Harris as “the only plus” of the day.