Rotherham boss Redfearn addresses Leeds rival Evans' comeback to his remarks

Neil Redfearn

The Rotherham manager had claimed that Evans' transfer dealings at the New York Stadium had not been good enough, and appears in no mood to end the animosity between the pair.

Rotherham United manager Neil Redfearn has tried to diffuse the apparent feud that is developing between himself and Steve Evans, but not before he had taken another swipe at the Leeds boss' tenure at the New York Stadium, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

Evans - who left the Millers in September - responded to Redfearn's claims that Rotherham did not do well in the summer transfer window, by suggesting that the former Leeds head coach's comments highlighted how much pressure he was under trying to save the relegation candidates (via Yorkshire Evening Post).

Redfearn tried to distance himself from a possible spat between himself and Evans, by suggesting that coming to terms with what he is working with is important if Rotherham are to survive in the Championship.

"Sometimes it evokes a response and obviously it has brought a response from Steve," he said.

"But I don't want to comment on anything he has said.

"I am commenting on the facts; it might put people's noses out, but if I am going to turn this around and make it work and make it right these are the facts."

Despite the 50-year-old's attempts to play down the idea that his comments were a direct attack on the Leeds boss, he then made another criticism of Evans' tenure by suggesting that their pre-season preparations were lacklustre, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

"I know from what I have been told that pre-season training wasn't great. We didn't have a good enough pre-season in terms of fitness so it is something we need to catch up," he added.

Although Redfearn denies that the motivation behind his comments is to take a swipe at Leeds, the way that he was seemingly treated at Elland Road would certainly make it understandable if there was some bitterness that boiled over during his press conferences. 

That frustration is most likely magnified by the situation at his current club. The Millers are second-bottom of the table, having lost their last three games. And until January, Redfearn can do very little except work with what is available to him, and hope that they can stay in touch with the sides just above the relegation zone.

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