​Rotherham United have sacked manager Steve Evans, despite climbing out of the Championship's bottom three with back-to-back wins.

Evans had been in charge at the New York Stadium since April 2012 and oversaw successive promotions in the following two campaigns.

The 52-year-old, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to evade tax while at previous club Boston United, was recently linked with the vacant position at Peterborough United before it was handed to ex-Stevenage boss Graham Westley.

In a statement on ​the club website, Rotherham announced: "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."

Rotherham, who lie 20th in the second tier having finished a place worse off last season, will be led by experienced coach Eric Black for the time being.

The last time Evans left a club, this happened...