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Gaffer wins manager of the month award

Steve Evans has been named the League 1 manager of the month for March.

9 April 2021

The Gills boss has been named manager of the month for March.

Steve Evans has been named the Sky Bet League 1 manager of the month for March.

The Gills boss guided his side to 17 points from a possible 24 during the month, including an excellent 3-0 win at promotion chasing Lincoln at the LNER Stadium. 

Vadaine Oliver, who netted eight times in as many games, has made it a double scoop for the Gills with the striker named the player of the month for the same period.

Evans' men, as a result of their stunning form in March, remain in the hunt for a play-off position with just six fixtures to play. The club's next game is at home to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday (April 10). 

The Gills boss said: “The award is in recognition of the players really because they have delivered the performances, and some fantastic results along the way.

“It was a period we knew, if we had any hope of getting around the play-offs, we had to get some results. We are a decent side now, full of good players. March was tough, a lot of long journeys and late nights, but well worthwhile.

“The players, and staff, are giving everything to the cause. The boys have been fantastic.”


Danny Wilson chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “The pressure was certainly on Steve Evans' Gillingham when facing a large number of games in a March but his men responded brilliantly with 17 points gained from their eight fixtures, a brilliant return.”


Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “Points at this stage of the season are worth their weight in gold, and Gillingham came out of March with a very decent haul thanks to their frenetic, swash-buckling efforts over the course of the month.

“Steve Evans has his players fighting for every ball, and this mentality led to a mightily impressive 17 points from eight games.”


Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “During a hectic month in League One Steve Evans guided Gillingham to five wins, two draws and one defeat as his side rose from fifteenth place up to sixth during March and at odds of 66/1 have an outside chance of being promoted this season.

“League One is so competitive, but there is no doubting Evans’ managerial ability at this level and he is starting to get the best out of his summer signings like Vadaine Oliver who netted eight goals for him in eight games this month.

“Evans side recorded credible results that included a win against a highly rated Lincoln side and they also took points off league-leaders Hull. In this form Gills fans can be optimistic of a good end to the season and have more than seen off any lingering doubts about relegation.”


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