Ireland stars James McClean and David Forde may be playing League One football next season after relegation woes
Published 29/04/2015 | 11:58
Republic of Ireland stars James McClean and David Forde may be playing League One football next season after Wigan and Millwall were both relegated to Division One.
Rotherham's 2-1 victory over Reading ensured that they would be playing Championship football next season and confirmed the drop for both Forde's Millwall and McClean's Wigan.
It has been a dramatic fall from grace for Wigan especially who have been relegated into Sky Bet League One 717 days after they defeated Manchester City to win the 2013 FA Cup.
Last night Rotherham manager Steve Evans was embroiled in controversy after he told Millwall striker Lee Gregory to "look forward to League One" after Rotherham secured their Sky Bet Championship survival and sent the Lions and Wigan down.
The Millers, deducted three points by the Football League for fielding an ineligible player, beat Reading 2-1 on Tuesday night in their game in hand to book their place in the second tier for a second season.
South-Yorkshire born Gregory had said he "(hoped) Rotherham bottle it" in their final two games of the season, which would have allowed his side the chance to stay up.
And Rotherham manager Evans was quick to remember those comments in the aftermath of his side's victory.
In a live interview with BBC Radio Sheffield shortly after full-time the Scot said: "A Millwall player said we've not got bottle. I've got 12 bottles of pink finest Champagne and we'll be drinking them for about a week.
"Look forward to League One, son, and keep your trap shut."
An adrenalin-fuelled Evans also fired shots at the Football League for their sanctioning of the Millers last week, a decision which may still be appealed despite the club's safety.
Evans added: "I've said before, they can take the points, what are they going to do now, we've got fans on the pitch, take more off us?
"When you've got the desire and fighting spirit inside you that every one of those players have, the staff, the directors, the supporters, then let's see what they are going to do us tomorrow.
"But we are in the Championship for another year, whoever they are, they won't like it. They won't like it."
Evans had calmed down by the time he spoke to the rest of the media and was pragmatic with his opinion on Gregory's comments.
"Millwall inspired us by making a comment that we would bottle it," he said. "My players don't bottle it, we have too many big occasions that we have come through.
"I don't think the manager (Neil Harris) would make comments like that. They are people with the highest integrity, I've got no doubt they'll be on the phone to us to congratulate us for staying up."
Four managers have followed Roberto Martinez to the helm since he lifted the trophy at Wembley that afternoon while captain Emmerson Boyce is the only survivor of the XI deployed against City.