Published: 10:00, 12 May 2021
| Updated: 10:01, 12 May 2021
Gillingham manager Steve Evans will look to conclude his talks with chairman Paul Scally this week.
Evans says his first meeting last Tuesday was positive and expects more of the same as he looks to get assurances that the club can make a challenge next season.
The Gills boss, who agreed a three-year deal when he joined two summers ago, is already better placed than this time last year when the club were unable to offer contracts while debate surrounded the restart of football.
Evans has already identified targets and made calls to put a team together next season.
He said: “The plan is we can build, the chairman has confirmed that, we can build, we can do things properly.
“The facts were that last year the chairman did not see a start date to the season and that was backed up by the likes of Darragh MacAnthony and Barry Fry (chairman and football director) at Posh, the likes of Tony Stewart (chairman) at Rotherham, they were all saying, ‘where do we go with this?'
“We don’t have a rich benefactor. We lost some key players, we made good offers to Max Ehmer and Brandon Hanlan but they chose other offers. Everyone is entitled to. It was difficult.
“I predicted I would have an outstanding meeting with our chairman and we will have another. It was a very honest meeting and he knows I am committed, Gillingham fans should know that.
“We will go to part two of the meeting and I expect the chairman is going to be really positive, I expect to be the Gillingham manager, I have got a contract that says the end of next year but you have to work for each other, if you don’t there is no point having a contract, so we have to have that dialogue, which I expect to be totally positive.
“We need to strive to be in the play-offs, we have had two 10th place finishes and this one means more because we have played the full calendar of games, although we are probably frustrated that we were not nervous (on Sunday) because we were fighting for the play-offs, but we were not, and we wish the four teams in the play offs and the guys every success.
“We will go through to part two of the meeting we had last week, he was very honest, critical in certain parts which he had to be because he was honest and very positive in others. He knows I have delivered to him what I said I would as a minimum, that if I come in he can stop worrying about relegation with two or three week to go.
“(After the meeting) I will then be out watching play-off games and I will be out watching game in Scotland too as we try and assemble a squad for the new season.”