Rotherham United: Millers boss Steve Evans looks to make loan signing

Steve Evans
Steve Evans

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans is hoping to make a loan signing ahead of tomorrow’s derby with Sheffield Wednesday.

An approach has been made, with the manager of the parent club agreeing that negotiations can go ahead at chief-executive level.

When asked if a new player would be brought in before tomorrow’s Hillsborough showdown, Evans said: “Maybe.”

He added: “We have been given permission by the other manager to let the two chief executives to see if an agreement can be reached.

“Let me tell supporters we are not going to cut across this one; if we are right, we are bringing him in.

“It’s a different player to the one last week. I did not feel comfortable with the wages he was going to take on a weekly basis.”

Evans says all the pressure is on the Owls tomorrow as they look to avenge the Millers Capital One Cup win over them last season.

“They’re the home side, and if you’re the home side you have a certain degree of responsibility to go and try to win a football match,” he said. “As an away team, you have a responsibility to take something from the game. ”

Evans acknowledges the recent derby history between the two sides, including two last-minute winners for Rotherham and then-manager Ronnie Moore famously giving a ‘2-1’ sign to Wednesday supporters after an away win.

“Ronnie Moore has asked me to do it and get the fingers up,” he grinned. “But, listen, therehave been some great derbies between us and if I can emulate what Ronnie, who is an absolute icon in this town, did in bringing the three points back across the motorway ...

“More importantly for me, it would take us level with them on points. We’d be sitting in the middle of the pack before a two-week break.”

Evans is desperate for victory tomorrow to add to the list of highlights in his career.

““As a manager, I can’t ever forget my first promotion back at Stamford,” he said. “I can’t forget my Millers promotion at home to Aldershot or, best of all, the day at Wembley.

“Derby matches you win are always special. I can never forget we beat Leeds recently, I can never forget we beat Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United within a couple of weeks of each other. Days like that that live with you forever.”

Evans says a toe injury to centre-half Kari Arnason is a “cause for concern”.