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Gaffer | "Our supporters are most important people"

Gills boss Steve Evans says he regularly reminds his players about the importance of the club's fans.

15 March 2021

The Gillingham manager says fans remain very much in their minds ahead of each and every fixture.

Steve Evans is gearing up for Tuesday night’s Sky Bet League One encounter with Lincoln City, after revealing his players have been driving to some away games to "play their part." 

The idea seems to be paying dividends, with big wins over Swindon and Charlton after players had independently travelled to the team hotel.

Evans revealed: “We have tried to play our part. We have taken our cars to different games instead of the team coach, just trying to give a little bit back towards being able to pay for some things for the Chairman, and he appreciates it.

“It’s a decision me and Paul (Raynor) came to. Charlton we did it because of proximity. I know our supporters are going to be saying on ‘Tweety-Pie’ that we should be doing this every game!

“Our supporters appreciate the type of efforts that the players have deployed week after week.

“There’s not a day I don’t remind our players that the people who pay our wages, look after us and give us the opportunity to do this, is our supporters. They are the most important people.”

Next on Gillingham’s travels is a trip to the East Midlands, to take on high-flying Lincoln. Michael Appleton’s Imps have been impressing many this year, including Evans.

He said: “They have some really talented footballers, so we have to find a way to combat what they are all about. It will make interesting reading if we can bring something back from Sincil Bank Stadium. Then we are set up for two humdingers in Doncaster and Hull.

“Us competing with clubs that spend four times what we do, and we are competing with them and trying to get in their little group, is credit to the players, Paul Raynor and our staff.”

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