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Gillingham manager Steve Evans concentrating on League 1 play-off bid

Manager Steve Evans will continue focussing on this season’s play-off push before discussing his own future with Gillingham chairman Paul Scally.

Evans is clearly relishing the challenge at the Gills - he picked this job ahead of others for just that reason - as he pushes towards another top-10 finish and possibly an even bigger prize this season.

Gillingham boss Steve Evans with chairman Paul Scally on the day he joined Picture: Ady Kerry
Gillingham boss Steve Evans with chairman Paul Scally on the day he joined Picture: Ady Kerry

The Gills boss agreed a three year deal when he took on the job at the start of the 2019/20 season and for the second year running the club are challenging for a play-off place. What about a third year?

He was quizzed about his future on Saturday and said: “I have a year left and I have absolutely zero, zero pressure in terms of finance. I am comfortable as I can be for the rest of my time but it doesn’t stop me from wanting to be in Gillingham every day.

“This is a Championship club every day. I have a brilliant relationship with the chairman but he decides whether myself and Paul Raynor will be here, like every chairman does.

“We think we have made enormous progress with this football club. We are trying with a group of, principally, 14-15 players to get into these end of season play-offs, it would be a monumental achievement and we are not out of it yet.

“When I agreed to join the club we spoke about it being a long term partnership, The chairman spoke about having opportunities to fight for promotion and not relegation. We speak every day and we have a great relationship.

“I have no doubt in the next week or two when it settles down, where we are going, whether into the play-offs or missing out, we will sit down and we will talk players, we will talk everything and as always we will have honesty. Not every Football League manager can say they have honesty when they sit one on one with the chairman.

“I am very comfortable here, like I was at Crawley and Rotherham, probably as comfortable here with the chairman. He is not an easy guy to work for, he is tough some days, he asks pertinent questions all the time, but then again so did Tony Stewart (the Rotherham chairman), so did the Carter family (at Crawley), so did Massimo Cellino at Leeds, they understand the game, they know the game and therefore you cannot be waffling.

“When I am down he is down and we pick each other up, same as the Paul Raynor. We can have disagreements and fallouts and one of us will pick up the phone the next day and we are back on song and we are fighting the cause."

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