Evans’ dream comes true

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR TELEGRAPH - By Alan Swann alan.swann@jpress.co.uk @PTAlanSwann

New Peter­bor­ough United man­ager Steve Evans has pledged not just to de­liver Cham­pi­onship foot­ball to the ABAX Sta­dium, but to also sus­tain it.

Evans has been over­whelmed by the warm re­cep­tion he has re­ceived from the club’s fans and play­ers and he is de­ter­mined to re­ward that faith with on-field suc­cess.

Posh sup­port­ers are cer­tainly buy­ing into the Evans’ era. The club have re­ported sea­son ticket sales of 2,200 for the 2018-19 campign in un­der three weeks of sales, com­pared to just 525 at the same stage last sea­son.

“We will win pro­mo­tion dur­ing my ten­ure,” promised Evans, who has signed a lengthy con­tract. “And I be- lieve we will have the chair­man, the board of di­rec­tors, the man­age­ment and the play­ers to keep us there.

“I took Rother­ham into the Cham­pi­onship and kept them there com­fort­ably. They were just be­low mid-ta­ble the fol­low­ing sea­son when I left.

“And I’m lucky enough to have in­her­ited a top squad, full of qual­ity play­ers. If I can just add some bet­ter game man­age­ment and dis­ci­pline we could well win that pro­mo­tion this sea­son.

“Jack Mar­riott is as good a striker as I’ve seen at League One level and Mar­cus Mad­di­son is a ge­nius who just needs to work harder. But we can’t rely on just hav­ing more abil­ity than our op­po­nents. We have to be smarter than them and we have to work harder than them.

“The play­ers have re­acted well to my ar­rival. We’ve had a good at look at all of them and we saw a lot to like in a prac­tice match be­tween our­selves this week.

“And the fans have been bril­liant. I’ve re­ceived so many good wishes and it’s mak­ing me even more de­ter­mined to de­liver suc­cess.

“You will never get 100% sup­port from 100% of fans all of the time, but I can usu­ally get the ap­proval rat­ing up to 95% by win­ning games and be­ing suc­cess­ful. We want good per­for­mances, but win­ning matches is what brings pun­ters through the door.”

Posh are to host an evening with new man­ager Steve Evans and his as­sis­tant Paul Raynor in the Caro­line Hand Ex­ec­u­tive Suite on Wed­nes­day, March 21.

The event will raise money for for­mer player Trevor Quow, who is fac­ing chal­lenges within his per­sonal life.

Quow’s daugh­ter has been di­ag­nosed with a med­i­cal con­di­tion that will see a short­ened life span and the changes that are re­quired for their home life is a huge chal­lenge.

All money raised through ticket sales for the fo­rum and a spe­cial auc­tion on the evening will go di­rectly to Quow and his fam­ily.

Tick­ets cost £3 and are avail­able from www.the­p­oshtick­ets.com, the ABAX Sta­dium,theVenue­andEbe­neez­ers Club on Oun­dle Road.

Among the items to be auc­tioned will be ‘a day at the train­ing ground’ and a ‘day as a di­rec­tor’.

Quow used to play for Evans at Stam­ford.

New boss Steve Evans (cen­tre).

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