STEVE Evans has left Stevenage for Rotherham United just two days before Oxford United host the Hertfordshire side.

The Millers, bottom of Sky Bet Championship, and already relegated, parted company with head coach Leam Richardson earlier today.

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Stevenage said in a statement: “Following an official approach and compensation being met, Evans departs after just over two years at the club, taking Stevenage from League Two to the top half of League One. 

“The 61-year-old led Stevenage to promotion to League One last season and has overseen a play-off chasing campaign this season, with the side currently sitting in ninth place.”

Chairman Phil Wallace told the Stevenage website: “It’s not what we wanted, but compensation clauses are in place for a reason and these things happen in football. 

“The approach was unexpected but handled in the right manner by both clubs and we told Steve that after all he’d done for our club, we would not stand in his way if the compensation terms were met and he wanted to leave.

“We are a totally different club from two years ago and we will start the recruitment process immediately for next season to give us the best chance of continuing to improve on and off the pitch.

“Steve will always be welcome at The Lamex as far as I’m concerned and it’s been a privilege to work with him for the last two years.”

Evans returns to the Millers having previously guided the club to back-to-back promotions from League Two to the Championship between 2012 and 2014.