Gillingham sack their manager with immediate effect following Saturday’s 4-0 defeat by Ipswich Town at the Priestfield Stadium.
The loss left the Kent side third bottom of the League One table with the most recent of their three wins this season having come back in October.
They have so far picked up just 18 point from 24 games played and are already seven points from safety with concerns from fans that they could be back in League Two for the first time since 2013.
Gillingham Football Club can confirm that the contract of Manager Steve Evans has been terminated by mutual consent with immediate effect.
The Club wishes to thank Steve for all his efforts over the past two years in circumstances that have been significantly more difficult and challenging due to the Covid pandemic, and wishes him well in the future.
His assistant, Paul Raynor, will also be leaving the Club.
The search for a new Head Coach/Manager will begin immediately.
There will be no further comment from the Club on this matter.
Following yesterday’s game, assistant Raynor admitted the Gills had been well off the pace in the first half in particular.
“For 45 minutes we weren’t at the races and didn’t track runners. When you do that against good teams with good players, they punish you,” he told the Gills official website.
“Their manager has gone in there and got a real reaction from them. They played with intensity and quality and moved the ball very quickly. When teams do that, you have to be disciplined.
“You can’t get done by one-twos down the side and then get overloads in the wide areas and don’t track runners in the middle of the goal. That’s just basic football.
“There are no excuses. It was ill-discipline and people not doing their jobs. We weren’t defensively sound and you don’t need to give teams like Ipswich a helping hand.”
Kieran McKenna praised Town’s attitude and work ethic following today’s 4-0 win over Gillingham.
“Even with a 4-0 lead we were chasing every ball,” Kieran told iFollow Ipswich.
“The attitude and work ethic from the lads was brilliant. There were lots of pleasing aspects about today’s performance.
“There was quality to our goals, and some of the football across the whole game was really good. The first three goals were impressive from a team perspective, and it was good to see the movement and coordination from the lads – both things we had been working on.
“We got a little bit sloppy towards the end of the first half, and invited a bit of pressure, but we responded to that well and were very professional in the second half. We kept them away from our goal and didn’t give them any chances, so I enjoyed that about the second half and how we kept hold of the ball.
“Overall it was really good, particularly scoring four goals and keeping a clean sheet, and we move forward.”
Twitter users reacted as Gillingham sack their manager with immediate effect…
@danielhimsworth: Two and a half seasons too late. Should never have been appointed. Set a poor example from day one. Credit to fans like @adielowther who stuck to their guns and objected even when Evans was doing well.
@brasenoseblue: One embarrassment gone. Now just you to go Scally.
@OwenLDBR: Scally out
@andyp_19: I think this is the right call; the team looked hapless, the changes helped shore things up but we lacked ideas and it was frustrating. Interested to see what players depart and who makes the decisions for this window whilst an appointment is made.
@owenparkes123: Did a very good job last season and wasn’t allowed to leave a few months ago and now that’s how he is rewarded.
@brettsmithjohn: If only we could have got money for him at the back end of 2021…
@JT_Kickboxing: I think most people had faith with the full squad we could get out the mess. Scally must’ve surely done this so the new manager can have use of the transfer window. We gotta back the players
@NateReddin: Was never the manager, only the players. No backing from Scally cost us massively. If we go down it’s all his fault.
@bigev84: I’m slightly gutted by this but understand. Thanks Steve for giving us a couple of good seasons
1 point from 21
Well played Gills
Perhaps we’ll start attacking teams now
@HotGalanjo: Can someone ask him if my husband can have his Gillingham merchandise especially his bench coat as the Gills shop don’t do his size but Steve’s would deffo fit him? All the best to them both x
@eyeschityounot: This is what will happen next: new manager comes in, enjoys honeymoon period, fans are appeased, Scally is off the hook again, honeymoon period ends, we’re crap again, the cycle continues whilst the club continues to decline and Scally keeps pocketing his unfair annual wage
@realmrweeks: Wants another YES man that he can say I’m not spending anything and they say ok that’s fine with me Mr Chairman
@Alanmitchactor: I consider this extremely harsh on Evans given the failure of the club to invest in this vital 3rd season and given the injury situation. Steve Evans is best placed to do something about this. Sadly, this will reflect badly again on Mr Scally it didn’t have to be like this.
@mattyboi1991: It was never going to last evans saying we havnt got a big enough depth in squad and scally just deluded blaming evans for everything including kick off times changing. Think this now has confirmed the fate season is over now. Now announce scally out.
@J__GFC: Scally better be next
@Chris96253431: Thanks for the first two seasons Steve and the passion you showed. Gutted how it ended but with a chairman like Scally no one can save this team. The squad would struggle in league 2
@chrisrainbow78: Right decision but I doubt very much we’ll get anyone better. The club is a mess
— Thisboyshouts (@McGillPaddy) January 9, 2022