Steve Evans (footballer, born 1962)

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Steve Evans
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Evans pictured in 2008
Personal information
Full name Stephen J. Evans
Date of birth (1962-10-30) 30 October 1962 (age 51)[1]
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Rotherham United (manager)
Youth career
000?–1979 Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1979–1981 Clyde 36 (4)
1981–1984 Albion Rovers 76 (28)
1984–1985 Ayr United 30 (4)
1985 Hamilton Academical 2 (0)
1985–1986 St. Johnstone 24 (6)
Total 168 (42)
Teams managed
1994–1998 Stamford
1998–2002 Boston United
2004–2007 Boston United
2007–2012 Crawley Town
2012– Rotherham United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stephen J. "Steve" Evans (born 30 October 1962) is a Scottish former footballer who is the current manager of Rotherham United. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Evans played professional football for Bolton Wanderers, Clyde, Albion Rovers, Ayr United, Hamilton Academical and St. Johnstone until a knee ligament injury ended his playing career at 24.

After his retirement he became a manager. Prior to taking charge at Crawley, he managed Stamford and Boston United, the latter on two separate occasions.

A controversial figure, whilst manager of Boston United he was successfully prosecuted for tax evasion.[2]

Early life

Born in Glasgow, Scotland,[1] Evans was spotted by scouts from English team Bolton Wanderers when playing for his local youth football club in Glasgow,[3] and he joined Bolton after leaving school.[3]

Playing career

Evans failed to break into to first team at Bolton and was released in 1979. He then returned to his native Scotland and joined Clyde, where he played in 36 league matches, scoring four goals, before joining Albion Rovers in 1981, where he scored 28 goals in 76 league matches during three years at Cliftonhill. He then moved to Ayr United in 1984, scoring four goals in 30 matches, and to Hamilton Academical in 1985, where he only played in two league matches. He joined St. Johnstone in 1985 and scored six goals in 24 matches before a knee ligament injury ended his playing career in 1986, aged 24.[1]

Managerial career

Stamford

Evans started his managerial career with Stamford in 1994,[4] who he led to the United Counties Football League Premier Division title and to promotion to the Southern Football League.[5]

Boston United

After resigning as Stamford manager he was appointed manager of Boston United in October 1998.[5][6] He managed Boston to promotion from the Southern Football League to the Football Conference in 2000 and subsequently to the Football League in 2002. Both promotions have since been overshadowed by revelations of off-the-field cheating.[7]

Evans was suspended by Boston as manager on 4 July 2002 after a much-publicised Football Association (The FA) investigation into "contract irregularities".[8] He later resigned as manager of the club in September 2002, after still being suspended by the club.[9] He was found guilty by The FA in December 2002 of impeding an FA inquiry into contract irregularities.[10] Evans was also suspended from the game for 20 months in January 2003 for involvement of the affairs of Boston,[11] in which players' contracts lodged with the FA contained false salary details.[7] Evans was further accused of impeding the inquiry and fined £8,000.[7] Evans lodged an appeal against charges in May 2003,[12] but The FA rejected his appeal later that month and the punishment stood.[13]

An announcement was made on 20 February 2004 that Evans would return as Boston's manager on 2 March.[14] In September 2005, Evans and four other people connected with Boston appeared in court, denying fraud charges.[15] In November 2005, Evans was given a £1,000 fine, suspended for a year, after admitting to using insulting or abusive words to the match official in a match against Peterborough United in October 2005.[16] On 11 February 2006, he was escorted from Grimsby Town's stadium Blundell Park by Humberside Police at half-time,[17] after he berated the fourth official after being incensed when Grimsby goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall appeared to handle the ball outside his area and was immediately spoken to by a police officer after a complaint of alleged foul and abusive language. After the match Boston chairman Jon Sotnick accused the football authorities of waging a "conspiracy" against his manager.[18] In October 2006, Evans was linked with the vacant Darlington managerial vacancy, but Boston chairman James Rodwell and Evans both denied the link.[19] Also in October, Evans was sent from the dugout after an altercation with Wycombe Wanderers player Tommy Doherty.[20] After pleading guilty to conspiracy to evade tax, on 3 November 2006 Evans received a one-year suspended sentence and a £1,000 fine.[2] Despite these events, Evans kept his manager's position at Boston, a decision that angered the Boston United Supporters' Trust.[21]

In March 2007, Evans was left with only 11 professional footballers for the relegation clash with Bury.[22] Although players were back from suspension, Evans was left frustrated after players such as Barnsley's on-loan striker Nathan Joynes quit the club, which left him with just 12 fit senior players and he was forced to put 16 and 17-year olds on an incomplete substitute's bench.[23] After drawing 1–1 in their penultimate match of the season against relegated Torquay United,[24] Boston needed a win against relegation rivals Wrexham to avoid the drop out of league football.[25]

Wrexham defender Ryan Valentine scores the penalty kick against Boston United that relegated Evans' team

On 5 May 2007 Boston faced Wrexham in a win or bust situation, and things were looking good for the team when Francis Green opened the scoring for Evans' outfit, who lead 1–0 at half-time, but in the second half United conceded a penalty kick, which Wrexham defender Ryan Valentine converted, and so was the goal that sent Boston down. Two late goals from Chris Llewellyn and Michael Proctor rubber-stamped Wrexham's survival and saw Boston lose 3–1.[26] On 8 May 2007, Evans pledged his commitment to the club despite their relegation and return to non-League football.[27] However, on 27 May, Evans and his assistant manager Paul Raynor resigned from Boston with immediate effect.[28] Evans' two occasions as manager combined at Boston made him the club's second longest serving manager behind Fred Tunstall, who had three occasions as manager of the club in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.[29] He managed the team on 354 occasions, which resulted in 145 wins, 99 draws and 110 losses.[30]

Crawley Town

On 29 May 2007, two days after resigning from the Boston managerial post, Evans took over as Crawley Town manager.[31] He has been sent from the dugout numerous times, which resulted in a ten match ban during the 2008–09 season.[32] He verbally accepted a new three-year contract with Crawley in February 2011.[33] During the 2010–11 season, Crawley reached the fifth round of the FA Cup, beating Swindon Town of League One, Derby County of the Championship and Torquay United of League Two. In the fifth round they were drawn against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Crawley lost this match 1–0 but earned over £1 million for this match alone. Evans stated afterwards "I think we have done our football club proud and we wanted to go away with some respect" and "We have had a fantastic run in the competition and we could not have wished it to finish anywhere else". On 9 April 2011 Crawley clinched promotion to Football League Two for the 2011–12 season.After August, Evans (along with striker Tyrone Barnett were nominated for Player of the Month for August and League Two Manager of the Month for August respectively for Crawley Town but lost to Andy Scott for League Two Manager of the Month for August and Mark Arber for Player of the Month for August.[34] Despite this, Evans named October Manager of the Month due to having five wins, including a 5–2 away victory at AFC Wimbledon, strengthening their push for a second consecutive promotion.[35]

Rotherham United

Evans left Crawley on 9 April 2012 to be appointed manager of fellow League Two club Rotherham United on a three-year contract.[36]

In September 2012, Evans was given a six-match stadium ban and fined £3,000 by the Football Association after being found guilty of "using abusive and insulting words and behaviour" towards a female member of Bradford City's staff.[37]

Rotherham were promoted for the second successive season in May 2014, beating Leyton Orient in a penalty shootout.[38]

On 29 May, Evans agreed a new three-year contract.[39]

Achievements

Managerial statistics

As of match played 20 September 2014.
Team From To Record Ref
G W D L Win %
Stamford 1994 October 1998
Boston United October 1998 4 July 2002 186 92 53 41 49.5 [30]
Boston United 2 March 2004 27 May 2007 168 53 46 69 31.5 [30]
Crawley Town 29 May 2007 9 April 2012 266 128 68 70 48.1 [40]
Rotherham United 9 April 2012 Present 123 60 29 34 48.78 [40]
Total 744 334 196 214 44.89

Personal life

In 2006, Evans was living in the village of Eye, Cambridgeshire in the city of Peterborough.[2] He is married to Sarah-Jane and has two daughters.[41]

References

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