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RUFC - Evans 'Millers underachieved this year'

Rotherham United Manager, Steve Evans says one of the reasons he moved North to Rotherham from Crawley was because of the 'potential fan base'.

Evans, whose first game in charge of Rotherham was on Saturday at Shrewsbury, spoke to Rob Jones of the BBC saying the reasons for moving were, 'the ambition of the Chairman, the new stadium and equally, above all, the fan base and potential fan base. And, the club is going home where there is a fantastic facility that would grace any division in the country that will open in the middle of July and that is going to be full of Rotherham United fans.

Evans knows that some of the Rotherham fans will be a bit doubtful about his appointment and said, 'It's fair to say that when I joined Crawley a section of the supporters that had a question mark against the appointment. But the number of calls, texts and e mails that have been aimed back at Crawley Town about me leaving demonstrates how highly I was thought of there but they've just had twenty-five months of incredible success.'

Speaking about how he got the job, he said, 'There was a good quality of applicants but it's even better when you don't apply and a Chairman 'phones Crawley Town up and is willing to pay a sum of money for you as a manager.'

The new manager does think that the squad he's inherited from former boss Andy Scott has underachieved this year, saying, 'By the conversations we've had with the players I think they have underachieved, but I don't think it's all of them because there's big some big performances this year from a number of the players. Our job in the next three or four weeks is to access whether those lads who have underachieved can achieve and if they can we'll be taking them forward with us because it's going to be a very exciting time from July onwards for Rotherham United.'

Meanwhile the Millers Chairman, Tony Stewart is also aware that the fans of his football club think he may have taken a bit of a gamble on Steve Evans, and he said, 'I took on board the accusations that were made against Steve Evans in the past but it was many years ago that happened and you have to move on. I'm satisfied that we've got a guy now who can give us what we haven't had in the past with the drive and the passion and I'm feeling very confident. I think come September when we are up there at the top of the league that the fans will change their minds and think this guy knows what he's about.'

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Date:Tuesday April 17 2012

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