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Stewart: Evans won't leave

Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart insists manager Steve Evans will not be leaving the club to join Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls are thought to have requested permission to speak with Evans, who has steered Rotherham to the Sky Bet League One play-off places following promotion last season, after sacking Dave Jones at the weekend.

However, Stewart is adamant the Glaswegian will be remaining at the New York Stadium.

"Despite the recent press speculation over the past 24 hours, I would like to fully clarify that Steve Evans will not be joining Sheffield Wednesday," said Stewart in a statement released by the club.

"Steve is a key part of Rotherham United's efforts to progress to the Championship and both the board of directors and Steve are delighted with progress made so far.

"We will now draw a line under the speculation as we look to prepare for the FA Cup second-round match with Rochdale this Saturday."

Following on from his chairman, Evans also ruled himself out of the running for the job at Hillsborough and insisted it was business as usual.

Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric is currently drawing up a list of potential candidates.

Former Leeds and Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock is rumoured to be in his thoughts, and the 65-year-old is willing to do a short-term job until the end of the season.

Mandaric plans to start the interview process this week, although the chances of appointing a new boss before Saturday's visit of Nottingham Forest look slim.

Wednesday gave their Championship survival hopes a boost on Tuesday night with a 2-1 home win over Leicester in Stuart Gray's first game in temporary charge.