Former Crawley Town manager Steve Evans has parted company with Championship side Rotherham United.
he outspoken boss took over at the Millers in September 2012, leaving Reds, who were in the promotion race in League Two at the time, after five years at the helm.
Evans with assistant Paul Raynor helped secure Crawley’s promotion to the Football League and also oversaw the famous FA Cup run which saw them take on Manchester United in the fifth round.
The Millers moved off the bottom of the table as a 2-0 triumph at Birmingham saw them complete back-to-back wins after a torrid start to the campaign.
But the club have today confirmed that the pair have left after a meeting with the chairman in which it emerged that both parties ‘wished to head in a different direction.
A club statement read: “Following a meeting between the chairman and manager this morning it was decided Rotherham United Football Club would part company with first team manager Steve Evans and his assistant Paul Raynor.
“During the said meeting it became clear that both parties at the present time wished to head in a different direction. The meeting was at all times positive, constructive and straightforward. It was clear that the chairman and the management team only wanted what they felt was best for Rotherham United Football Club.
“The club would like to place on record our thanks to Steve and Paul for their huge contribution over the last three and a half years, it has been simply an incredible journey.
“It has all come as a surprise but Rotherham United must move forward and the search for a new first team manager will begin immediately. Replacing Steve Evans and Paul Raynor will indeed be a strenuous task for the board.”
Eric will Black take on the managerial role on a caretaker basis.