Andy Butler on technical area noise during Doncaster Rovers' clash with Gillingham

If Andy Butler woke up on Sunday morning with a ringing in his ears, he will have known the cause.

Sunday, 21st March 2021, 11:32 am

Just six games into his Football League managerial career with Doncaster Rovers, new experiences will arise each week for the 37-year-old.

And that will certainly have been the case during the 2-2 draw with Gillingham on Saturday.

Butler experienced the full force of Steve Evans’ technical area behaviour - including the volume and frequency of his protestations.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Andy Butler

“It’s a new experience,” he said.

“I’m not going to shy away from any challenges. Different managers, different styles.

“I’m not going to speak about him. I’m going to get on with my job, my team, my staff, my club.”

Evans had plenty to say to referee Will Finnie throughout the game - and turned his ire to Butler on occasion too, with jibes about the comparative number of promotions the two have won as managers echoing around the Priestfield Stadium.

The Rovers boss met everything thrown his way with a laugh or a big grin, which seemed to only further frustrate his counterpart.

Rovers’ players too kept calm heads in the high pressure environment, which pleased Butler.

“I spoke to them in the changing room before the game and said control the controllables and don’t let people around you affect you,” he said.

“It’s my job to deal with that.

“And that’s being in a calm and composed manner with how you go about things. I’m not going to shout and scream at my players. I’ll speak to them how I want to speak to them, in a way I would demand as a player.”

*

In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a subscription or buying a paper. We stand together. Liam Hoden, editor.