Steve Evans claims offer from Sheffield Wednesday, explains why he rejected approach

Steve Evans claims Sheffield Wednesday wanted him in 2013.

Ex-Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has told The Sheffield Star that he had an offer to join Sheffield Wednesday in 2013.

Evans, 52, took the Millers from League Two to the Championship with successive promotions, and then kept the club in the second tier last season.

Now though, the Scot's poor start to the season has cost him, as Evans parted company with Rotherham earlier this week, as the two parties decided to go their separate ways.

Rotherham are on the lookout for a new manager and Evans is searching for a new job, with the Glasgow-born boss now revealing that he had an interesting offer from Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday just two years ago.

Evans told the Sheffield Star that, when Dave Jones left Hillsborough in 2013 and was replaced by Stuart Gray, then-chairman Milan Mandaric made contact with Evans about leaving his post in League One for the hot seat with Wednesday.

However, due to the rivalry between the two clubs, Evans claims that he couldn't leave Rotherham for Wednesday - a move he may regret having lost his job with the Millers.

"I can say now on the record that Milan Mandaric asked me to become manager of Sheffield Wednesday," said Evans. "But how could I say ‘yes’? I was a Miller. I’ll always be a Miller," he added.

With openings now at Fleetwood Town, Dundee United and Motherwell, Evans may soon have offers flying in for an instant return to management - yet with Wednesday developing well under Carlos Carvalhal, they won't be too disappointed that Evans rejected their offer in 2013.

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