We never saw this one coming! Peterborough United have today appointed Steve Evans as their new manager.
The day after Steve Evans resigns as manager of League Two side Mansfield Town and arrives at the ABAX Stadium to watch Posh beat League One strugglers Walsall, he is installed as the new manager to replace Grant McCann on a “long term contract”!
The statement issued by Posh is as follows:
Peterborough United Football Club are pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Evans as the club`s new manager.
Evans will be joined by assistant Paul Raynor at the football club and both have penned long-term deals at the ABAX Stadium.
Chairman Darragh MacAnthony said: “The football club, its staff, Academy and first team players need an experienced promotion winner as first team manager to take us forward for the immediate future. As soon as somebody of the calibre of Steve Evans called to register their interest in the vacant position, there was no time to waste and I made the phone call, potential terms were discussed and we are now in a position to announce Steve as our manager.
“He is a serial promotion winner, including promotion from League One, has managed multiple clubs in the Championship and has an incredible reputation for getting the best out of his players with a never say die attitude and will to win. We are delighted to have both Steve and his assistant Paul Raynor on board for what we hope will be a fruitful, productive and successful long-term partnership for many years to come.”
Evans does bring a certain amount of baggage with him but there is no questioning his capability of getting teams promoted including from League One so he has been there and done it! He`s enjoyed promotions with Rotherham United, Crawley Town, Boston United and the club where he started his managerial career Stamford.
Apart from the Stags, the only side he didn`t achieve promotion with is Leeds United but he did guide the Whites away from the relegation places where they were just one point ahead of the dreaded drop zone when he took over finishing in 13th place, 19 points from the relegation places.
He was on course at the Stags to help them in to the play-offs at a minimum leaving them in fifth place and just two points away from the automatic promotion places!
Evans inherits a Posh side sitting three points outside the play-offs and with a game in hand but are a point behind the side in seventh who have a game in hand on Posh!
Will Evans be the catalyst to get Posh into the play-offs this season?
There`s been a mixed bag of views on Evans becoming the new Posh manager although the majority are in favour of this appointment:
Plays long-ball ✅
Prefers hard-work to technical ability ✅
Former players have celebrated after he left ✅
Questionable antics on the touch line ✅
Refers to himself in the third person during interviews ✅
Really not delighted to have Steve Evans as new Posh manager.
? John Verrall (@JohnVerrall) February 28, 2018
Get over yourself… Jeez
I bet you will be cheering every opposition goal now, just to support your viewpoint.
He is a successful manager. End of. #pufc
? Nobby (@Nobby_Posh) February 28, 2018
? Luke Crowson (@luke_crowson21) February 28, 2018
Tbh the more people slag Evans off the more I think it was the right decision 😂😂 #pufc
? Sir Gareth T Doppleganga III 💎 (@Gnat68) February 28, 2018
? Guy Branston (@Brano1979) February 28, 2018
Counting down the days until he`s gone
? Steve Thorpe (@leccymansteve) February 28, 2018
So fans where happy with a wife beater and drink driver for managers yet fans not happy with Evans past 🤔🙃 #pufc
? Peterborough (@14obrien14) February 28, 2018
? Neil Johnson (@neilj1956) February 28, 2018
Happy with the Evans appointment, couldn`t care less about his off the pitch antics as long as he finally gets us out of this league. #pufc
? Daniel Miller (@xDanny1812) February 28, 2018
Looking forward to Evans at posh. About time some had a rocket up there arse. #pufc
? fletch (@fletchey) February 28, 2018
Good appointment. One of those managers that opposition supporters love to hate a`la Warnock. But always seems to give 100% to the club he`s at. No idea why Leeds let him go. Nice One. #pufc
? Worthington (@Worthington_PNE) February 28, 2018
People moaned cause we hired McCann as manager and a few are moaning we’ve now got Steve Evans. Can’t everyone just get behind the team and manager for once 😴 #pufc
? Daniel (@DanWade06) February 28, 2018
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