It has not been a great season for Gillingham football club who had been drawn into a relegation battle. With just a few games left of the season and safety now looking assured Paul Scally felt it the right time to let manager Steve Lovell go.
A football managers career is ultimately based on results and although very little money was made available in player transfers, Scally clearly expected more. There can be no real complaints about the dismissal if the club wishes to show ambition as during Lovells 18-months tenure no real progress looked to have been made.
A number of successors have been thrown around but ex- Peterborough United manager Steve Evans has emerged as clear favourite a 4 to 1 On. His credentials make for promising reading for Gillingham fans, even though he has had run in with the supporters when he was Crawley manager.
Evans has been seen at some of Gillingham’s home matches over the last few months which certainly raised a few eyebrows even then. It is also understood Scally wanted Evans before Lovell got the job, only for Mansfield to block the approach. It is no wonder
Steve Evans Achievements
In one of his previous roles as manager of Rotherham United, Steve enjoyed immediate success in the role as he guided the club to a first promotion since 2001 by finishing second in League Two. Evans then went onto lead the Club back to the Championship for the first time in nine years to secure a successive promotion after an enthralling League One play-off final victory over Leyton Orient.
Evans joined the Millers from Crawley having enjoyed great success. In the 2010/11 campaign, Steve guided the club into the football league for the first time in their history.
Evans is viewed within the football circles as a larger than life somewhat controversial figure and would, rightly or wrongly, raise the Gills profile.
At Inspire Kent we would view it as a positive appointment for the club if, as expected, it were to happen.