Rotherham United: Steve Evans says he turned down Owls to stay with Millers

Steve Evans
Steve Evans

Departed Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has confirmed he was once offered the manager’s job at Sheffield Wednesday.

Evans left the Millers on Monday and revealed former Owls chairman Milan Mandaric tried to lure him to Hillsborough before he appointed Stuart Gray.

Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe

Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe

“I can say now on the record that Milan Mandaric asked me to become manager of Sheffield Wednesday,” Evans said.

“But how could I say ‘yes’? I was a Miller. I’ll always be a Miller.”

Evans, who led Rotherham to two successive promotions and then kept them in the Championship, said that his No 2, Paul Raynor, had been given the opportunity to stay on at AESSEAL New York Stadium. “But we arrived together and we left together,” he added,

The pair have parted company on good terms with Rotherham, with Evans saying it had been “bliss” to work for a chairman like Tony Stewart.

Arguably the greatest day in Evans’ tenure at the club was the League One Play-off Final win at Wembley in May 2014.

But the former manager said: “The best day for me was the one when I first walked through the door. It was a big job but I knew what we were getting into. Tony Stewart sold me the dream and he backed me all the way.

“He asked me where we’d be in three years and I said we’d have just enjoyed our first season in the Championship. I still remember him laughing, but we delivered.”

Norwich City midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe has turned down the chance to extend his loan with the Millers and returned early to Carrow Road.

Click here for the meeting that sealed Evans’ fate