Gillingham boss Steve Evans has been looking forward to the Gills clash against one of his old employers at the weekend and admits he still burns a candle for the Millers.
Evans spent more than three years in charge at the New York Stadium between 2012 and 2015 and guided them to back-to-back promotions in his first two seasons. Having reached the Championship, Evans only just kept the Millers up the following campaign until further struggles in their second season in the second-tier led to a parting of the ways, with the club citing the need for ‘a change of direction.’
Speaking to the Gills’ official website, Evans revealed he still has a soft spot for the South Yorkshire outfit and stays in regular contact with the Millers’ owners. He said: ‘Rotherham United are a club deep in my heart. I had the most wonderful years at The New York Stadium, working for two brilliant men in chairman Tony Stewart and his son, vice chairman, Richard.’
‘To this day, Tony and myself still meet up for dinner and frequently talk, a true gentleman.’
Evans added he was pleased to see one of his former members of staff during his time at Rotherham now doing well in the dugout and said he was expecting a tough encounter. ‘The current manager Paul Warne was my fitness coach during those years, and I am delighted to see him doing so well.’ he said.
‘They are full of talented players at The New York Stadium, and that comes via Tony & Richard Stewart putting in place a very competitive top-end budget and of course, Warny signing the right players.’
‘They went away to Ipswich Town last Wednesday and won very easily, so it’s another tough one for us, but we will work on a plan this week to help us achieve the points we desire.’
Evans’ current charges will also be in a confident move after securing a first away win of the season last week at Accrington.
They will be looking to make ground on Rotherham, who are currently three points better off and four places higher than them in the League One table.
We are not the biggest fans of Evans, but even we have to admit he did a good job at Rotherham and we’re sure many Millers fans hold him in high regard.
Gillingham fans will too if he achieves half of what he delivered at the New York Stadium.