EVANS RULED OUT AS POSH SEEK NEW BOSS

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Chris Dunlavy

STEVE Evans will not be the next man­ager of Peterborough United, says Posh di­rec­tor Barry Fry.

Rother­ham boss Evans, 52, has been widely tipped to take over fol­low­ing the sack­ing of Dave Robert­son. The Scot, a Peterborough fan, still lives in the area and has made no se­cret of his de­sire to one day man­age the club.

How­ever, Evans signed a three­year con­tract with the Millers in May 2014 and Fry says the prospect of pay­ing com­pen­sa­tion has forced chair­man Dar­ragh MacAn­thony to look else­where.

“Steve Evans is not even in the reck­on­ing,” said Fry, MacAn­thony’s right-hand man at Lon­don Road. “He’s at a Cham­pi­onship club and he’s done bril­liantly. Why would he come here?

“We won’t be go­ing for any­body who is in a job – for the sim­ple rea­son that we wouldn’t be able to pay the com­pen­sa­tion.

“And when it comes to Cham- pi­o­nship man­agers, I don’t think we’d be able to at­tract any­one for salary rea­sons. It’s a no-go.”

Fry also sug­gested that Peterborough will find it dif­fi­cult to tempt new book­ies’ favourite Brian McDer­mott, the for­mer Read­ing and Leeds boss who is cur­rently chief scout at Ar­se­nal.

“Brian came to our ground a cou­ple of weeks ago but it was noth­ing more than a visit,” added Fry. “He’s got a con­tract with Ar­se­nal and he’s very loyal to Arsene (Wenger), who gave him a job when he was sacked by Leeds. He’s a great coach but, again, he’s em­ployed by some­body else.We can’t go there.”

MacAn­thony – cur­rently in Florida – has com­piled a four­man short­list and spent Thurs­day in­ter­view­ing can­di­dates by tele­phone. Liver­pool leg­end Rob­bie Fowler, for­mer Coven­try boss Steven Press­ley and ex-Nor­wich as­sis­tant Ian Cul­ver­house are among those known to have ap­plied. A de­ci­sion is ex­pected early this week.

OUT OF THE RUN­NING: Rother­ham boss Steve Evans

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