As he tried on sombreros for size, manager Steve Evans found time to reassure Rotherham United fans that he will still be the club’s manager next season.
Evans, the man who has led the Millers to Championship survival despite a three-point deduction from the Football League, pledged to continue his work with chairman Tony Stewart.
“I’ve got a big future with Tony Stewart,” he said. “There aren’t many chairman who come to you when you’re in the middle of a bad run and tell you whatever happens you’re going to be with them and not to be worrying about that.”
On the eve of Tuesday’s win against Reading which guaranteed Rotherham’s second-tier status, Evans had said he would be wearing a sombrero, shorts and flip-flops in his garden if the result went the right way.
Now he is threatening to don the outfit for the final match of the season, at Leeds United on Saturday, if there is enough demand for it on social media.
Evans admitted thepoints deduction had been a huge setback for the club and revealed for the first time he hadn’t been relishing going to Leeds had the relegation places not been decided.
“When you get points taken away from your dressing room, it’s a bombshell really,” he said. “They can take our points, but they cannot take our fighting spirit and desire and passion to stay in what is a wonderful competition.
“I think it is my biggest achievement yet.
“I described the Reading match as going down the 17th with two holes to win it. I didn’t want to go down the 18th to Elland Road, if I am honest.”
Stewart said: “We’re looking forward to starting next season with Steve Evans and I think we’ll do quite well. We’re a team. He’s passionate and a skilled guy.”
The Millers may still appeal the FL ruling, with a statement expected today.
“Our chairman has got the highest integrity of anybody I’ve ever known,” Evans said.
“He’s deeply hurt by the deduction.”
Farrend Rawson, the ineligible player at the centre of the FL charge and now back with Derby, said on Twitter: “Buzzing that Rotherham have stayed up. The lads and fans fully deserve it.”