Next Rotherham United Manager Odds: Steve Evans Backed For Return To The Millers

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Next Rotherham United Manager Odds: Steve Evans Backed For Return To The Millers
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Rotherham United are conducting the search for a new manager following their decision to recently sack Matt Taylor and the best betting sites have odds on who will be in the dugout next. 

The club are languishing near the bottom of the Championship and it was decided that the former Exeter City boss wasn’t the right man to continue in the job, with chairman Tony Stewart now taking his time when it comes to making an appointment.

It appears as though there have been a number of high calibre candidates who have applied for the vacant position and perhaps one of these is Steve Evans

It would be quite the story if the Scot made a return to the New York Stadium after previously having a successful spell with the Yorkshire club. 

Another duo of managers trading short in the odds right now are former Wigan coach Leam Richardson and former Derby boss Gary Rowett.

Would Evans Leave Stevenage For Rotherham Return?

Steve Evans is a colourful character who has a strong managerial track record, and the 61-year-old enjoyed a hugely successful spell with Rotherham the first time around. 

In his first full season in charge of the Millers, he was able to achieve automatic promotion from League Two, while the 2013/14 campaign saw United land victory in the League One play-off final.

Evans was then able to keep Rotherham afloat in the Championship before leaving in September 2015, however the latest price of 3/1 with football betting sites suggests that he has a 25% chance of returning and perhaps a homecoming is on the cards. 

He’s currently in charge of a Stevenage side who enjoyed automatic promotion from League Two against the odds last season and they’re faring better than expected in League One at the time of writing. 

Richardson Also Among Favourites for Millers Job

Leam Richardson is less experienced than Evans, although the 43-year-old does have the benefit of being a free agent. 

The former Accrington defender started his coaching career in charge of Stanley for a brief spell, although its his time with Wigan Athletic that might persuade Rotherham to take a chance on his services.

Having been assistant manager to Paul Cook with the Latics, he was able to make the step up during the 2020/21 season and keep Wigan afloat in League One. 

The following year, Richardson was able to steer the Lancashire outfit to automatic promotion after winning the League One title. 

He was then sacked in November 2022 and has been a free agent since then. You'll find him as a 4/1 shot for the Millers’ post with Parimatch

Rowett And Hasselbaink Could Be On Rotherham's Shortlist

Gary Rowett’s four-year spell with Millwall recently came to an end and perhaps the former Birmingham City boss could be open for a quick return to Championship management.

The 49-year-old has seen his odds shorten drastically in the past few days from 14/1 into 4/1 with betting apps.

An eighth place finish with Millwall last season may have seen them narrowly miss out on the play-offs, but the season was deemed a successful one nevertheless.

It could be last season's achievements with the London club that calls the Millers into action for his signature.

Elsewhere, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is the fourth favourite for the vacancy, sitting at a healthy price of 10/1 with Luckster.

The Dutchman has been out of a managers job since his departure from Burton Albion back in 2022, but has worked with the England national team this year alongside former Middlesbrough teammate Gareth Southgate.

It could be here where the 51-year-old has advanced his coaching acumen, therefore making him a potentially astute acquisition for the Millers.

With prior managerial experience in the Championship with Queens Park Rangers, the former Chelsea striker has existing knowledge of what it takes to be competitive at this level.

Cresswell, Wilder Or Robinson Could Be The Answer

A surprise emergent is Ryan Cresswell (12/1) who is currently in charge of Sheffield FC of the Northern Premier League Division One East.

The 35-year-old made 41 appearances across two spells as a player for Rotherham, but he is in his infancy when it comes to coaching.

This appointment would be a seismic shock given his lack of pedigree in the game as a coach, but with Rotherham in dire need of wins, it could be time for them to take a risk of significance.

Chris Wilder (14/1) is someone with a proven track record in the Championship and that was particularly the case when taking charge of Sheffield United. 

Having steered the Blades from League One to the second flight, it didn’t take the 56-year-old long to engineer promotion to the Premier League during the 2018/19 season and this might be something of a coup for Rotherham.

Karl Robinson (16/1) is currently a free agent and he could be a cheaper option for the Yorkshire side.

The 43-year-old is relatively experienced for a manager of his age, having been in charge of MK Dons between 2010-2016, while he then took charge of Charlton Athletic before a much longer spell at Oxford United between 2018-2023.

Robinson might well have thrown his hat into the ring for this role and he was recently seen assisting Sam Allardyce at Leeds United during the latter’s brief spell at Elland Road.