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Rotherham United have replaced manager Leam Richardson with Steve Evans, with the Stevenage manager taking over at the New York Stadium immediately.

The Millers’ relegation from the Championship has already been confirmed this season, following a terrible campaign in which they won only four league games.

Richardson had only been in charge for four months after Matt Taylor was fired earlier in the season, but he was unable to oversee a turnaround in results, which eventually led to his dismissal with three games remaining in the season.

Evans quits League One. Boro will return to the side with which he won League Two promotion eleven years ago, and his homecoming might be terrible news for Birmingham City in the relegation struggle at the bottom of the second division.

Steve Evans return to Rotherham United could spell bad news for Birmingham City in Championship survival bid.

Evans has managed a number of EFL teams over his career, including Leeds United, Peterborough United, and Gillingham.

The former Crawley Town manager will divide opinion among many Football League supporters, but his ability to turn a team’s fortunes around and convert them into point-scoring machines is rarely questioned, with Stevenage being the most recent example.

Boro were languishing in League Two when he took over in the later parts of the 2021/22 season, but he supervised a run of four wins in the final nine games to keep their Football League status.

That form carried over into the next season, when he guided his side to promotion from League Two after a stunning turnaround at the club, finishing second behind Champions Leyton Orient.

After a promising start to the current season at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage’s playoff hopes have faded in recent weeks, but the fact that they had any at all is a credit to Evans’ efforts at the club.

Rotherham will be no strangers to the wonders the manager can perform at a football club, as his previous points return of 1.51 per match was one of the finest for a full-time manager at the Yorkshire club in recent history.

Only current Coventry City manager Mark Robins can beat that figure, averaging 1.58 per game during his tenure, demonstrating how highly Evans is regarded by United fans.

That might be terrible news for Birmingham City, as the Blues go to the New York Stadium this Saturday for what will be the new manager’s second homecoming, and he will want to set the tone for his time at the club.

Birmingham City face Rotherham United dilemma after Steve Evans appointment

in a fanbase firmly behind their new manager, the current crop of Millers players will go all out to impress him, in the hope of having their contracts renewed ahead of the upcoming League One season.

Birmingham’s Championship status is already dangling by a thread as it stands, so reviving the basement side is the last thing they need heading into the weekend, when they face a difficult final few fixtures.

City are just a point above the drop zone with three games remaining in the second division this season, with Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday just a point behind and ready to capitalise on any mistakes made by their fellow strugglers.

Following a good start to the season under John Eustace, the hierarchy at St Andrew’s chose to appoint Wayne Rooney as manager, only for that move to backfire, with the former Manchester United man mustering only two wins from his 15 matches in command.

Tony Mowbray was then chosen to calm the ship, but the former Sunderland manager was forced to miss some games owing to health difficulties, leaving Gary Rowett in charge for the final few games of a chaotic season at the club.

With their journey to Yorkshire looking increasingly difficult, City may have to rely on matches against Bristol City and Cardiff City in the final two games of the season to salvage the all-important points and keep their heads above water this season.

With only ten goals this year, the hosts have always struggled in front of goal, but what they lack in talent, Evans will make up for in heart and passion, perhaps leaving the Midlands side with a true battle this weekend.

 

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