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Gaffer not paying attention to early season plaudits

Manager Steve Evans is focused on improving his young Gills side after positive start.

13 October 2020

Gaffer distances himself from early season praise, and is focused on improving his young side.

Manager Steve Evans has refused to accept the plaudits of many League 1 pundits despite the Gills excellent start to the campaign.

The pundits have pointed to the fact that Evans is operating on the lowest team budget in the division and the club currently sit in 4th place after Saturday’s 3-1 win over Oxford United.

Speaking exclusively to the official website,, the Manager said, “It is always nice to read or hear compliments, but we must all distance ourselves from that.

“The Chairman here does a fantastic job and we pay what we can afford to pay.

“Whatever budget you have as a Manager, you must spend it wisely and ensure as best you can that you get value for money.

“The lads we have assembled here are the ones who deserve the credit alongside a small backroom staff who give the job everything they have.

“Our hard work on the training ground has been invaluable and that must continue. Football is a very unforgiving game and if you get complacent in any way it comes down on you like a ton of bricks.

“League 1 is outstanding this season, just look at the quality of player that Oxford United had here on Saturday. We had to find a way to win and that came through the delivery of a plan to be wholly organised, disciplined, and to play with real desire.

“This squad we have assembled is very young and they bring the greatest of abilities, energy and enthusiasm. It is my job to make sure they are focused, they all continue to learn whilst enjoying what they do within a disciplined structure.

“We are working hard ahead of a tough game at MK Dons on Saturday. When you again look in detail at the squad they have assembled this summer, plus a talented young Manager leading them, we know we face another tough afternoon.”


There will be more from the Manager at his weekly press conference on Thursday.

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