Evans’ dream comes true
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).