Steve Evans

Stevenage Manager

Stevenage Games Managed: 120

Win Rate: 49.17%

Last Updated: 17 April 2024
You might not like the man, but there's little doubt that Steve Evans the manager brought with him a formidable track record

Steve Evans

Date of Birth: 30-03-1962

Place of Birth: Glasgow

You might not like the man, but there’s little doubt that Steve Evans the manager brought with him a formidable track record. And, boy, how did Boro’ need someone built of strong stuff when the Scotsman arrived at the Lamex in March 2022. The transformation he achieved with us was nothing short of incredible. The 2021-2 season saw us go through gaffers like they were going fast out of fashion; Evans our fourth man in charge. By the time he opted to depart, Boro’ found themselves a division higher and with fresh cup memories to savour.

At the time Evans arrived, Boro’ weren’t so much drifting towards the relegation zone, more plunging. We aren’t party to the private talks that go on, as you’d imagine. But we get the impression that Tisdale was a second-choice appointment; brought in when it became apparent that prising Evans away from Gillingham would be expensive. Of course, when he left the Gills, he was free to become Boro’ boss. Out went the second choice and in came the first? It was a decision you can describe as ruthless, for sure. But it paid dividends in the success that Evans brought back to the Lamex in such a short space of time. He was a tough act to follow for any incoming manager if nothing else.

Steve Evans: Before Boro’

After prematurely hanging up his boots in 1986 due to injury, Steve Evans took eight years to re-emerge on the football map. And he’d covered some distance in-between; last turning out on the pitch for St Johnstone, before popping up in the dugout at Stamford. In lifting the club out of the United Counties League and into the Southern League, his success got him noticed. In 1998, he quit and took up the gaffer’s role at Boston United. Again, success soon followed. With him at the helm, the Pilgrims rose from the Southern League into the Conference in 2000. Two years later, the club gained a historic promotion to the Football League. But that wasn’t without severe controversy*.

*Rule and law-breaking.

It was an incident that tarnished Evans’ reputation in the eyes of many – not least down in Dagenham, who were pipped to promotion in 2002. After a two-year enforced absence from the game, however, he resumed his manager’s role with Boston. There would be other incidents over the coming three years that meant many took a dim view of Evans. And his success with the Pilgrims was unable to keep the club in the Football League either. Not to worry, however, as he moved to Crawley Town shortly after the Pilgrims’ 2007 relegation and would go onto lead them into the Football League too.

In the Football League…

Ever since, Evans has found himself managing in the Football League consistently. Some of the names on his CV aren’t to be sniffed at either; most notable of which being Leeds United. Other clubs managed in the top four divisions include Rotherham United, Mansfield Town, and Peterborough United – with Gillingham bringing up the rear in 2019. Across all those spells, controversy was never far away and there were yet more newsworthy moments that didn’t exactly look all that good. But there’s no denying that, with a minimum win rate of 36.8% (before the Gills), he knows how to get a tune out of the players on the park. Ultimately, that’s the main reason why PW opted to bring him to the Lamex.

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Complete Record:
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Best League:

2nd, Sky Bet League Two (2022/3)

Best FA Cup:

R4 (2022/3)

Best League Cup:

R3 (2022/3)

Previous Clubs:

Peterborough United
Mansfield Town
Leeds United
Rotherham United
Crawley Town
Boston United

Later Clubs:

Rotherham United