Gaffer's debut at the home of football...
The great and good of world football have had the honour of leading out their team at Wembley Stadium, and this Sunday a new name will be added to that list as Steve Evans marches Rotherham United into the League One Play-Off final at the Mecca of English football.
Evans, who is no stranger to promotion is entrenched in the first play-off campaign of his managerial career at present, and has led his team to within 90 minutes of the Championship.
“Of course I’m honoured,” Evans told Millers Player. “It’s not just the home of English football, it’s the home of world football. Even some of the greats such as Franz Beckenbauer said what an honour it was to lead out West Germany there and there’s a number of Scottish managers and captains including my old Manager Craig Brown who has done it, so for me to lead out Rotherham United will be fantastic. I’ve said before that the Rotherham people and those from my hometown Glasgow are one and the same, they’re made of the same stuff and I look forward to it.”
There has been a message of normality stressed from within the club this week as Richie Smallwood, along with several other squad members and Evans himself have repeated it, but despite the preparations, he can’t help but keep one eye on tomorrow’s showcase finale.
“At certain times you think about it (Wembley) and preparations are full on with everyone working hard but it would be a lie to say it doesn’t cross your mind. But then as the week has gone on and the media commitments and extra work take over, you can’t not think of this stadium that hosts the world’s best.”