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Gaffer backs Appleton's League 1 comments

Steve Evans says he supports recent comments made by Lincoln City boss Michael Appleton regarding the spending in League 1.

1 September 2021

Gaffer supports recent comments made by fellow League 1 manager.

Gills boss Steve Evans has spoken today in support of Lincoln City manager Michael Appleton who has described the spending in EFL 1 as “shocking” and “the world’s gone mad in League 1.”

Appleton goes on to speak of 12 clubs seriously spending and worries for the future for those clubs.

The Gaffer said, “Michael is absolutely right in what he says. Only three of those clubs can go up to the Championship next season, some of the others will be seriously damaged financially.

“Our Chairman has made it clear in that we will only spend what we have. He has my total support on this, this football club should never be put at risk and that is correct.

“Many times I thought yesterday three or four of our players would be sold but the Chairman, with my consultation, set the values for each and none of those values were reached! I must admit I was delighted when the transfer window closed.

“Managers at all levels are under enormous pressure these days but given the huge spending at some clubs I would expect that pressure will be significantly increased.

“We did brilliant business to get Charlie Kelman here. The kid had five good options in EFL 1 and after a long chat with him he wanted to be at Priestfield. No drama, just a lad looking with his family at all his options, and he made his decision to join us nice and early.

“Paul Scally spent some time negotiating with Queens Park Rangers and he deserves enormous credit. With Charlie’s options he did great.

“Our task to compete in EFL 1 is a tough one but we will find a way to win football matches. We have an excellent squad and this week or 10 days gives us the chance to get most of the lads fit. The spending is bonkers and some will, in time, suffer. I wish none of these clubs any harm, they are all great football clubs, but I do worry for them.”

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