Gillingham approach Mansfield for Steve Evans

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 03 October 2017, 13:27

Gillingham have stepped up their search for a new manager after they decided to approach Mansfield Town for the services of their boss Steve Evans.

However, the Stags have responded by rejecting the club's advances for their manager.

The Gills axed Ady Pennock last week following a rotten return of six wins from 32 league and cup matches at the helm, with one sole victory from nine League One games this season leaving the club 22nd in the table (now 23rd).

Interim boss Peter Taylor has since overseen a goalless draw with Scunthorpe, then Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Blackburn, while he’s a contender for the permanent job - in the betting at least - at 4/1 with Bet Victor.

Other names linked with the vacancy include Cambridge gaffer Shaun Derry, Newcastle legend Nolberto Solano, and ex-Gillingham manager Martin Allen, who previously led the club up to League One after hoisting the fourth-tier title.

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Gillingham’s sudden interest in luring over Evans from Mansfield has seemingly come out of nowhere.

The Scot took charge of the Stags last November, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract. He proceeded to lead the club from the dangers of relegation (18th) to a 12th place finish, missing out on the play-offs by just four points.

During the summer Mansfield were installed as the short-price favourites for League Two glory, although Evans’ much-changed team currently find themselves in 8th, six points adrift of early pacesetters Notts County after 11 matches. However, they did enjoyed a 3-1 victory over Kevin Nolan’s Notts last weekend.

It’s not known whether Evans - the 2/1 favourite - would leave the League Two promotion contenders for a team struggling in League One, but from the outside a switch does appear unlikely.

Gillingham are in action tonight (Tuesday) away to League Two side Colchester in the EFL Trophy, with Taylor’s troops priced at 2/1 (Bet365) to come away with a rare win.

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