Leeds United: Life’s a beach for Millers boss Evans but the tide is against Blackpool

Rotherham manager Steve Evans.
Rotherham manager Steve Evans.
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Rotherham manager Steve Evans delivered on his promise to turn up in beachwear if he kept his side in the Championship, sporting sombrero, shorts, flip-flops and sunglasses as he departed the visitors’ coach, which also raised money for charity.

“It will go to a very worthy cause and if it helps one little kid I don’t mind looking like an idiot for a day,” said Evans, who changed back into suit and tie for the kick-off.

“It was fantastically well received by everyone here at Leeds United, including Neil Redfearn and I hope Redders is here next season as he should be. I had some good fun with the Leeds fans behind me.”

The Millers guaranteed another season in the Championship with their midweek win against Reading, despite recently being docked three points by the Football League for fielding an ineligible player.

“We played particularly well here and we go away hung up not to win, we passed and moved it around,” Evans added.

“Danny Ward’s effort, he’s probably going to score with had it not been for Matt Derbyshire’s 14-inch nose.

“You can’t ask any more of them when they know they’re safe just to have the same application they have had all season.”

Relegated Blackpool, meanwhile, are facing a Football Association investigation after Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship game against Huddersfield was abandoned when hundreds of fans invaded the pitch in protest against the club’s owners.

The outcome could affect Leeds’ final finishing positionin the Championship.