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In Focus: Gillingham

20 June 2019


In Focus: Gillingham

20 June 2019

Name: Gillingham Football Club

Founded: 1893

Ground: Priestfield

Capacity: 11,582

Manager: Steve Evans

Last season: 13th in Sky Bet League One

Finishing the season five-points clear of the bottom four relegation places, Gillingham will look to build upon the 13th position that they achieved in 2018/19.

The Gills found themselves dragged into the battle to avoid the drop towards the conclusion of the campaign, a chain of results which would cost former boss Steve Lovell his job in the dugout back in April.

Safety was achieved in the closing weeks of last term, with Gillingham ending their 46 games on a high when Tom Eaves’ double earned a 3-0 victory away at Blackpool.

A mid-table position in the Sky Bet League One standings was assured after the Kent outfit ended the season with 15 wins, 10 draws and 21 defeats in total.

Gillingham will have a new manager in place when Sky Bet League One commences come August, with Steve Evans appointed recently as the man tasked with turning their fortunes around.

The Glasgow-native started out his playing career as a youth apprentice at Bolton Wanderers but left Burden Park in 1979 after he failed to break in to the Trotters’ first-team.

Moving back up north to his native Scotland, Evans signed for Clyde before going onto spend the rest of his career in his homeland.

Evans would represent Albion Rovers, Ayr United and Hamilton Academical prior to retiring at St Johnstone in 1986.

He would make the transition in to management with non-league Stamford – winning the United Counties League Premier Division and moved across Lincolnshire to manage Boston United over two spells from 1998-2002 and 2004-2007 – where he guided the Pilgrims to two promotions in two seasons to see them promoted to the Football League in 2002.

Evans moved on to Crawley Town in 2007 and would be in charge of the Red Devils until 2012, winning the Conference Premier to achieve Football League promotion in 2011.

Between 2012-2015, Evans was Rotherham United manager and he oversaw the Millers’ back-to-back promotion wins from Sky Bet League Two to the Championship in 2013 and 2014.

In October 2015, Evans swapped South for West Yorkshire when he became boss at Leeds United, however his stay at Elland Road until May 2016.

Evans was back in the dugout in November 2016 with Sky Bet League Two club Mansfield Town, remaining in Nottinghamshire until he resigned in February 2018.

From February 2018 until January 2019 Evans was manager at Peterborough United prior to the 56-year-old being appointed at Gillingham last month.

Tranmere Rovers will take on Gillingham for the first time since the 2013/14 season next term.

TRFC have won 13, drawn 14 and lost 7 of their fixtures played against the Gills, suffering a 2-0 defeat at Priestfield back in April 2014.

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