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'Professional' Steve Evans says Neil Redfearn is worried about getting the sack

Rotherham boss Neil Redfearn says he is fighting fires of “sub-standard” summer recruitment and then was the subject of a barbed response from the man responsible for it.

Redfearn, whose side were condemned to Christmas in the relegation zone after a 2-0 loss at Huddersfield on Tuesday, faces a battle to keep his side in the Sky Bet Championship having taken just seven points from 11 games in charge since taking over from Steve Evans in October.

He said that the “damage was done” in the summer when the Millers allowed the likes of Craig Morgan, Kari Arnason and Ben Pringle to leave and failed to replace them suitably.

Evans, now in the Leeds job Redfearn departed in the summer, took offence to those comments and taunted him with comments that he could be one loss away from the sack.

"I could have said that here couldn't I but I have got too much professionalism about myself," he said.

"I have read those comments and it just sounds like a man as if he is under extreme pressure and wonders what happens if he loses the next one."

Despite those claims that he chose not to pass comment about the squad he inherited from Uwe Rosler at Elland Road, Evans did say that his new side could be in a fight to stay in the Championship unless he recruited.

After a home defeat to Blackburn in October, Evans said: “We won't get sucked in [to a relegation fight]. I've come here to sort it out.

"Let's be honest, if the actual playing squad was left, it would be a battle to stay in the division, but we are going to address some of that."

Redfearn had said after the loss at John Smith's Stadium: “This squad of players isn't good enough at this level, it's as simple as that.

"This is common knowledge, we are second from bottom, we just scraped by last year, probably didn't recruit very well in the summer.

"We let good players go, (Kari) Arnason, (Craig) Morgan, (Alex) Revell, (Ben) Pringle, better players than what we have got, we brought in players who are sub-standard in the summer and now we are left with this.

"This might sound a bit harsh but these are the facts."

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