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Stevenage sack manager and immediately appoint another experienced EFL boss

Stevenage sack manager and immediately appoint another experienced EFL boss in Steve Evans in the hope to stay in the Football League.

The club have parted company with former Exeter City, MK Dons and Bristol Rovers boss Paul Tisdale after their 2-1 loss at home to Northampton Town on Tuesday night.

Boro have failed to win any of their last nine games and sit 22nd in the League Two table, three points above the drop zone.

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Stevenage Football Club have parted company with manager Paul Tisdale and appointed Steve Evans…

The former Leeds United and Peterborough United boss has managed over 570 games in the English Football League and guided Rotherham United from League Two to the Championship in 2014.

In May 2019, he was appointed manager of Gillingham FC where he took his side to two consecutive tenth place finishes before departing the League One side in January 2022.

Chairman Phil Wallace said, “Paul has worked tirelessly for us since he joined but we have won three points from the last nine games to drop into a relegation fight. With nine games to go, we have to change our fortune and we are hoping Steve will do that”.


Steve Evans is a Scottish professional football manager and former player who was most recently the manager of League One club Gillingham.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Evans played professional football for the likes of 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 Town, he managed Stamford and Boston United, the latter on two occasions.

A controversial figure, whilst manager of Boston United he was successfully prosecuted for tax evasion. However, in charge of Rotherham United, he led the club to two successive promotions. He left the club in late September 2015. On 19 October 2015, Evans replaced Uwe Rösler as head coach of Leeds United, before being sacked in May 2016.

Evans was appointed manager of League Two side Mansfield Town on 16 November 2016, replacing Adam Murray. He resigned on 27 February 2018, saying he wanted to go and work in China.

Evans was appointed manager of League One side Peterborough United on 28 February 2018, one day after leaving Mansfield. On 23 January 2019 he was charged by the FA over comments made to a match official during a defeat against Luton Town, and then on the 26th both he and assistant Paul Raynor were released from their contracts, with Darren Ferguson taking charge just hours later.

On 21 May 2019, Evans was announced as the new manager of Gillingham and began his role on 1 June 2019. Evans was awarded the League One Manager of the Month award for March 2021 after achieving 17 points from a possible 24.

In August 2021, Evans started the 2020-21 season by being awarded a yellow card in the first match against Lincoln City, and then a red card in the next game, a EFL Cup fixture against Crawley Town. He was then once again charged with verbally abusing a match official.

On 9 January 2022, following a 4–0 home defeat to Ipswich Town that left the side 22nd in the table, seven points from safety, Evans was sacked by the club.


As a manager

United Counties League Premier Division: 1996–97, 1997–98

Boston United
Southern Football League Premier Division: 1999–2000
Football Conference: 2001–02

Crawley Town
Conference Premier: 2010–11

Rotherham United
Football League Two runner-up: 2012–13
Football League One play-offs: 2014

Football League Two Manager of the Month: October 2011
EFL League One Manager of the Month: August 2018, March 2021

Twitter users reacted as Stevenage sack their manager and immediately appoint another experienced EFL boss…

@ShoreRobert: Quite the philosophical change that

@FarleyGinge: Probably who we should’ve appointed in November! 9 games to go, let’s go Steve!!! ⚽️⚽️💪💪

@nricho68: If you had any money… you won’t have it much longer 😂😂

@Carto20: Desperate times equals desperate measures To be fair, that’s Steve Evans level, he can grind results out through hoof football & probably need that to avoid going out of the league. I feel for Stevenage fans if he is still in charge next season, it won’t be attractive to watch.

@arron_mather: Ready for a warm welcome at the mill Stevie 🤣🤣

@SBFC_SBFC_SBFC: Embarrassing. Why wait so long to appoint a manager with experience only to sack him after 3 months when results don’t go our way with a squad mainly of players he didn’t choose to be there. Thanks for your efforts Tis 👏🏻

@Bristoliang1en: As a Bristol Rovers fan I think this is the best thing for Stevenage. He was the same for BRFC, a clueless manager that played a big part in our relegation last season. As for Steve Evans @DMAC102
rates him very highly, so think that could be a great appointment.

Incredible 👏

@spikerobinson4: See you on Saturday Steve, I’m sure you’ll get a warm reception from the stags fans ………… hahaha just kidding 🤣🤣

@TomStirk1992: Big Steve back in the game 😍

@BenPhillips2020: Interesting appointment I bet the fact Stevenage are sponsored by Burger King sold it for Mr Evans 😂

@BIGC1236: 9 cup finals left, let’s do this!!!

@Chlolouise_1: Seems bit desperate now, most of team will be gone now no doubt 😕 Just hope it works out

@JamieManton1: The man doesn’t do relegation battles. With the exception of Rotherham in 2015 I can’t recall him successfully taking on a relegation battle.

@alfiemtfc: First game against us ahhahaha cmon

@achandler2409: F*****g LOL 🤣

@Darwen88: Oh that’s tremendous. 😂😂😂😂😂

@jordanpomeroy00: Ohhhhhh boy…… last roll of the dice for all involved here. Desperately hope it works out

@connordowsee: Love it boro 🔴

@EllisAdaway: Conference champions 22-23

@JackMtfcHardman: Wow! Well I’m off to Field Mill on Saturday then!

@sholland1972: How low can you go Stevenage 😩

@HollisMark: Fucking embarrassing.

@Truebluejock: Oh dear oh dear. He will mess your club up on and off the pitch.

@ButlerAndy: Well that’s you lot fooked……

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