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Di Canio linked to vacant Rotherham job

Paolo Di Canio was most recently at Sunderland. Credit: PA

Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio's representatives have contacted Sky Bet Championship club Rotherham about their vacant managerial position, Press Association Sport understands.

The colourful Italian has been out of work since leaving the Black Cats in September 2013, but is keen to return to game and his representatives sounded out the potential for him to become Steve Evans' successor at the South Yorkshire club.

However, the Millers have indicated they have no interest in the 47-year-old, who has a promotion on his CV during his time at Swindon, becoming their new boss.


Millers sign former Wednesday forward

Rotherham United have completed their 11th signing of the summer after agreeing a deal with former Sheffield Wednesday forward Chris Maguire, subject to medical and Football League ratification.

Chris Maguire Credit: Press Association

The versatile striker, who can also play in a wide role, put pen-to-paper this morning after agreeing personal terms.

Maguire left the Owls after a three-year stay at Hillsborough during the close season, making the short journey to Rotherham whilst also linking up with former teammates Joe Mattock and Lewis Buxton.

It is fantastic news that has reached me in Scotland this morning that Chris Maguire has become a Miller. This young man is a player I have admired since his days at Aberdeen and he was a lad that was on my targeted list of players at the end of last season.

– Steve Evans, Rotherham United manager

Steve Evans dons sombrero for Championship finalé

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has appeared at Elland Road for his team's final game of the season wearing a sombrero.

The Scot had promised Millers' fans earlier in the season he would do it if they secured their Championship status.

He added a pair of flip flops and swimming shorts to finish the look.


Rotherham won't appeal against points deduction

Rotherham have decided against appealing the three-point deduction handed down by the Football League for fielding an ineligible player.

Rotherham United's New York Stadium Credit: Press Association

The Millers were docked the points and handed a £30,000 fine, half of which is suspended, for playing Farrend Rawson in Easter Monday's 1-0 win over Brighton after being found guilty by a three-man football disciplinary commission last week.

That punishment dragged Steve Evans' side back into a Sky Bet Championship relegation fight but it became academic after they took four points from their last two games, with Tuesday's 2-1 win over Reading confirming their status in the division.

The South Yorkshire club were given until Friday to lodge an appeal, but despite insisting the punishment was "disproportionate" they opted to accept it.

Having secured our Championship place for next season on the pitch on Tuesday night, the board has decided not to appeal against the decision to deduct us three points.

We still believe the decision to deduct three points for fielding a player as a result of an honest human error, where there was no intention to gain an unfair advantage, was disproportionate.

Our mistake did not affect the integrity of this year's competition, but if we had been relegated in the place of a team that had secured fewer points on the pitch over the season, that would have been a gross injustice.

As the appeal is now academic we have decided to support others who feel that it is time to change this particular rule rather than go through the appeal process.

We would like to thank all of those at other clubs who offered us their support and sympathy during this process.

Now we wish to draw a line under this matter and look forward to next season.

– Rotherham United official statement

Millers to appeal against points deduction

Rotherham United say they will appeal against a decision by the Football League to deduct three points from them for fielding an ineligible player.

Rotherham United FC are very disappointed by the decision to deduct 3 points for fielding a player who was ineligible purely because of an administrative error. It is our view that true sports fans want to see competitions settled on the pitch and not to have them affected by what happens in disciplinary proceedings. We await the reasoned judgement of the FDC and once we have received it we will issue our appeal after discussion with Jim Sturman QC. In the meantime we are confident that our team possesses the will and spirit to ensure that the points deduction is academic by securing our Championship status on the pitch. It would not be appropriate to make any further comment on this matter until after the appeal process has been concluded.

– Rotherham United official statement

Three points deduction for Rotherham for fielding ineligible player

Rotherham will be deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player against Brighton on April 6, the Football League has announced.

Credit: Press Association

The Millers were sanctioned by the Football League after they played Derby defender Farrend Rawson in their 1-0 win on Easter Monday after his youth loan had expired and the paperwork over an extension was not dealt with correctly.

It plunges Steve Evans' side deep into the Sky Bet Championship relegation mire as they are now just a point above Millwall who occupy the final spot in the bottom three and two better off than second-bottom Wigan.

Millers wait on point deduction decision

Manager Steve Evans has revealed Rotherham will find out whether they will be deducted points for fielding an ineligible player before the weekend.

Farrend Rawson was on loan at Rotherham from Derby County Credit: Press Association

The Millers were sanctioned by the Football League last week as they played Derby defender Farrend Rawson in their 1-0 win over Brighton on Easter Monday after his youth loan had expired and the paperwork over an extension was not dealt with correctly.

They have had to endure a nervy wait to discover their fate after the league said a disciplinary panel would hear the case at "the earliest opportunity", while also indicating that the club will be open to the "full range of punishments", which includes a potential points deduction.

The three-man panel is finally set to meet on Thursday, with Evans expecting news of his club's fate in the next 24 hours

"It's going to happen very soon," the Scot, whose side host Norwich on Saturday, said. "It's not my job to talk when it is and when it's not, it will be soon enough.

"I've been told this morning that we hope it will be concluded by the time we arrive here on Saturday, whether that's today or tomorrow I am not 100 per cent sure."

The Millers have vowed to fight the charge, hiring top QC Jim Sturman to defend them, but a three-point deduction is thought to be the likeliest punishment should they be found guilty.

But Evans insists he does not know the strength of his club's defence and has not been involved.

"I am not involved in the case, all I know is the chairman that has spent many hours heading the football club on this with a legal representative, I've not been involved in any of the meetings because it is not my department," he added.

"I have almost been kept at a distance.

"You have to accept there's been an error. Certainly, knowing people inside this football club, no one means to make an error.

"I don't want to cast judgement on people who make genuine mistakes. I have made enough of them. I have often said that in my career and I mean it."

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