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Rotherham begin life after Steve Evans following shock exit

Rotherham begin life after Steve Evans today after the club expressed their surprise at his departure.

The Millers parted company with Evans on Monday, bringing an end to a hugely successful three and a half years, where the Scot led the club from League Two to Championship safety.

Evans left after a meeting with chairman Tony Stewart on Monday, despite overseeing back-to-back wins, after the two parties were wanting the club to go in “different directions”.

Despite a statement suggesting the decision was mutually agreed, the exact reasons of Evans' departure are shrouded in mystery, with rumours rife of a bust-up between the Scot and Stewart over Evans trying to force a move to Peterborough.

The fact the Millers expressed their shock at Monday's events adds weight to the situation developing quickly.

Their statement read: “It has all come as a surprise but Rotherham United must move forward and the search for a new first-team manager will begin immediately. “Replacing Steve Evans and Paul Raynor will indeed be a strenuous task for the board.”

The timing certainly raises eyebrows given the Millers' recent upturn in form.
Evans' position had been questioned earlier on this season after a poor start to the campaign and speculation linking him to the Posh job, but after taking seven points from four games, the storm had seemingly past, particularly with the appointment at London Road of Graham Westley.

Evans and assistant Paul Raynor did not address his players or staff before leaving his position.

Caretaker manager Eric Black, who has had caretaker spells at Birmingham, Sunderland and Wigan, took training on Monday as Evans and Raynor were absent and he will continue to prepare the Millers for their televised clash with Burnley on Friday.

Black is reported to have prepared the side for last weekend's 2-0 success at Birmingham.

The club have insisted they will not comment any further until a successor is found, with former Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray, former Leeds boss Neil Redfearn and ex-Reading manager Brian McDermott the early frontrunners.

The Millers pause their Championship campaign for the second international break of the season after Friday's visit of Burnley, a period which could provide ample time for the recruitment of Evans' replacement, with the possibility of a new man in charge for the trip to Brentford on October 17.

Meanwhile, Evans has been made 2/1 second favourite for the vacant managerial position at Doncaster.

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