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Barker turns the heat up on old Reds boss
Evans will be in the away dugout for the first time tomorrow since walking out on Reds 18 months ago to take over at Rotherham United.
The controversial former Crawley manager guided the Millers to promotion last season and Barker says they should be looking to go straight up to the Championship considering the funds Evans has at his disposal.
Barker said: “With the finances available and with 10,000 people turning up each week, they should be a top-six side.
“The chairman has spent a fair amount of money and they are a club on the up with a new stadium. They probably have a top four or five budget in our division so for a team that is newly promoted they should be expecting to go straight through.”
Barker has been forced to cut his playing budget significantly since he took over from Evans who invested heavily to lift Crawley from the Conference to the brink of League One.
The Reds boss is currently operating with one of the smallest squads in the division and missed out on summer targets David Worrall and Matt Tubbs to the big-spending Millers.
Barker added: “It is a very different scenario now to when Steve was here. There was a fair amount of money available at that level then but you have got to spend it wisely.
“Just because you can go out and sign the best players doesn’t give you the right to win the league but it helps. I would certainly like to have a similar proportion of the money he had to spend.”