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Gillingham manager Steve Evans 'a very nice man' according to his former player Andy Drury

By Steve Tervet

One of Steve Evans' former players has spoken about what the new Gillingham manager is really like to work for.

Andy Drury was playing for Championship side Ipswich in 2011 when Evans brought him to Crawley Town on loan.

Drury said: "I found him a very nice man actually. Off the pitch, he's a lovely man.

Steve Evans during his time as Rotherham manager. Picture: Dave Poucher/Rotherham Advertiser
Steve Evans during his time as Rotherham manager. Picture: Dave Poucher/Rotherham Advertiser

"On the pitch, his will to win takes over and he's a bit hot-headed, shouts a lot but there were a few times I just sat in his office for half-an-hour.

"He wanted to sign me after the loan was up and we'd just have a conversation about life.

"He's actually a really, really nice man.

"I'll always have time for Steve because he did nothing wrong to me.

"He was a bit eccentric but I was quite lucky at the time. I think we won 13 and drew two out of 15 games.

"I did hear a few stories though, when they did lose and they were in at 7am but I've got no complaints about Steve. He was good for me."

Drury, who was speaking on the KM Football Podcast, admitted Evans often lost it in the dressing-room.

He said: "Steve was going for the hairdryer at half-time no matter what the score was.

"He used to have a towel next to him, going crazy at us.

"I think it was his way, if we were winning, making sure we didn't come off it and if we were losing, I think it was just his way of 'right, get out there and make sure you don't lose the game.'"

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