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Management Profiles

Full information on the Gills' management team

Steve Evans

Position: Manager

Evans began work at Priestfield on June 1, 2019 having been unveiled as Steve Lovell's replacement.

Evans, whose most recent job was at Peterborough, spent his entire professional playing career in his native Scotland as a striker, however a serious injury forced him to retire at the age of 24.

After leaving the game he returned to Football in 1994, taking over at non-league Stamford who he led to the United Counties Football League Premier Division title before resigning to take over at Boston in 1998.

Two promotions followed (Evans had two spells as Boston manager) prior to agreeing terms to become Crawley’s new manager in the summer of 2007. Once more, the Scot guided a club to the Football League after winning the Conference in his fourth season at Broadfield Stadium.

In April 2012 Evans was appointed the new manager at Rotherham United and two more promotions followed, one from League Two as runners-up to Gillingham during the 2012-13 campaign before winning the League One Play-Off Final against Leyton Orient in 2014. He would remain at the New York Stadium for just over another year before parting company with the club, alongside assistant Paul Raynor.

A month later he took over at Elland Road to replace Uwe Rosler as boss at Leeds United. Steve was there for just seven months but won 14 of his 38 fixtures in all competitions and guided the club to safety in the Championship.

After leaving Leeds in May 2016 Evans stepped away from Football for six months before taking over at Mansfield Town. His spell in League 2 lasted 15 months before resigning his post to take over at Peterborough United, a job he would keep for just under a year before being replaced by Darren Ferguson with the club sitting sixth in Sky Bet League 1.

In total, Evans has won 43.2% of all league fixtures he has taken with all clubs mentioned above.

 

Mark Patterson

Position: First-Team Coach

Patterson is one of Steve Lovell's right hand men and has been involved at the club for a number of years, primarily as Youth Coach and Academy Manager. He and Ian Cox assist Steve Lovell with coaching duties on the training ground.

Mark enjoyed a successful playing career, one which saw him play for Carlisle United, Derby County, Plymouth Argyle and the Gills.

Patterson finished his career at Priestfield after being forced to retire due to a serious knee injury.

He spent four seasons as Youth Manager at the club (2006 to 2010) but returned in 2012 to assist then manager Andy Hessenthaler with his coaching set up. He returned to the role of Youth Team manager before stepping up to assist Lovell in October 2017.

 

Ben White

Position: Youth Team Manager

Ben joined the club's staff in January 2018 following Mark Patterson's promotion to first-team coach. Ben had an immediate impact, going the remainder of the season unbeaten at home and guiding his side to the Merit League 1 division championship.

White, a former apprentice at Priestfield himself, had previously worked at Peterborough and AFC Wimbledon before beginning his coaching career at Priestfield. The highlight of his time at the club so far was the 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in the third round of the FA Youth Cup in December 2018.

 

Bryan Bull

Position: Academy Manager

Bull has been in charge of Gillingham’s Centre of Excellence, now Academy, since 2008 and in that time has overseen a complete overhaul of the club’s youth system. 

He started coaching at the club back in 2000, and his current role includes responsibility for all the players in the club's development program who are still at school.

During his time at the Gills, the likes of Matthew Jarvis, Andrew Crofts, Luke Freeman and Ryan Bertrand – the latter winning a Champions League medal with Chelsea at the end of the 2011/12 season - have all moved from the Youth Development program onto Premier League clubs.