STEVE EVANS admits he is hankering for a high-profile FA Cup assignment at Elland Road – if his Leeds United side dispatch former club Rotherham United today.
Evans was afforded cup kudos during his time at Crawley, as they became the first non-league club in 17 years to reach the fifth round stage in 2011 when they bowed out at Manchester United, but not before giving the hosts a serious fright.
In his time at Rotherham, FA Cup giant-killing was the one glaring thing missing on an impressive CV and having moved to Leeds, Evans is seeking to make up for lost time.
In recent years, Leeds have jousted with both Manchester clubs as well as Spurs and Arsenal, with a plum home cup tie something which is high on the to-do list for Evans.
While the Scot may have spoken about the cup being devalued this week due to midweek games taking place in the league next week, he remains very much a fan of the world’s most enduring cup competition.
Evans said: “It’s a magical cup competition and the biggest cup competition in world football. And on Saturday, while there are not lots of games that can provide upsets, there will be upsets – all around the cup. And there will be upsets in the fourth round and the fifth. That is what happens.
“I would love to be the head coach of Leeds United hosting one of the top two or three teams in the Premier League. Not only because I think that at Elland Road, we could beat them because it would be 12 against 11, wouldn’t it?
“Because we have the 12th man and not many clubs at our level have the 12th man.
“There’s a lot of clubs who are mid-table in the Premier League who would love to come here for a pay-day. They would love to come here, live on the TV, with 30-odd thousand. And we’d love that.”
And on today’s tie, which sees Evans and Millers counterpart Neil Redfearn take on their former clubs for the second time in two months – following a feisty affair at Leeds on November 21.
He added: “The FA Cup works in mysterious ways and we all saw what happened with the reaction to the draw, it was ‘here we go’. Rotherham will have the utmost determination to win and Neil will want to win, like he did last time and we will wish them well (afterwards), like last time.”