“A huge shock” – Claim made as Rotherham United make big decision

FLW’s Rotherham fan commentator has expressed his response to Richardson’s sacking This post is part of Football League World’s ‘Terrace Talk’ series, which features personal comments from FLW Fan Pundits on breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings, and more.

Leam Richardson has been fired as Rotherham United manager, and Steve Evans has left Stevenage to take his position with immediate effect.

On Wednesday morning, many people were surprised by the decision to part ways with the 44-year-old.

The Millers’ relegation was sealed two Fridays ago when they lost to fellow Championship strugglers Plymouth Argyle, but it appeared all along that he would be in command when the 24/25 season began at the AESSEAL New York stadium.

Instead of Richardson, Evans will take over as manager, having left Boro with immediate effect to join the Millers. The Scottish manager previously led the club from April 2012 to September 2015.

Rotherham fans react to Leam Richardson’s firing.
Eyre believes that the decision to fire Richardson was incorrect, and that he would have been a better fit for their anticipated return to League One.

He stated, “Time will tell if the choice to fire Richardson was correct or not. I’m shocked. It was only a few weeks ago that our chairman stated that Richardson was the man to get us through to next season, that he wanted to be here, that he wanted to ensure that things were going well, and that he wanted to demonstrate himself.

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“I don’t see it as a sacking. I believe one of them has chosen to walk or part ways. It’s only a

“I didn’t expect this would happen this season; I believed he’d be given until at least Christmas, so I’m simply shocked.

“But considering his large losses, and the fact that there was no improvement in form or football, you could argue that it was the correct option. I don’t believe it is. I thought he was the right man for League One, and he would have rebuilt the club and its culture far more effectively than anyone else.”

The timing of Leam Richardson’s leaving feels weird.
The 44-year-old has a good League One background. In the 2021/22 season, he led Wigan Athletic to the league title by two points over Rotherham. The decision to put him in charge was not particularly surprising, but the decision to remove him is. Evans has had a lot of success with the Millers in the past, so he knows and understands the club. His record with the club is almost as good as any of the other teams that he has coached during his career.

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However, he was not immediately available. It wasn’t like a wonderful alternative appeared out of nowhere and they had to rush to take advantage of it.

In Stevenage’s first season back in the third division of English football, the Scotsman led the club remarkably near to the play-offs.

So, bringing in Evans is not a horrible decision. He’s undoubtedly a proven manager at this level, however he has a reputation for requiring a lot of financial support. But why was it the time to fire Richardson? That is the intriguing and perplexing aspect of the issue.

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