Ex-Rotherham United and Leeds United manager Steve Evans is reportedly set to take over as the new Mansfield Town manager.
The Stags parted company with their former manager, Adam Murray, after two years in charge on Monday. He took over as interim manager in November of 2014, before being given the job on a permanent basis just a month later.
He successfully guided his team away from the relegation places that season after taking over with them in 19th place. Last season he led his team to a 12th placed finish, which was just 11 points off the play-off places.
Mansfield have made an awful start to this campaign. They currently sit in 18th place, without a win in 11 games and last time out they fell to a resounding 4-0 defeat to Portsmouth.
Steve Evans – who has been out of work since he was sacked by Leeds United in May – is set to be named as Murray’s replacement, with Mansfield looking to unveil their new manager at 3pm on Wednesday.
The Scottish manager has also attracted interest from League 1 side Charlton, who sacked Russell Slade on Monday Afternoon, but Mansfield are understood to have got the better of the London side to earn the services of Steve Evans.
The ex-Boston United boss should be an excellent appointment for the League 2 strugglers and he should be considered a real coup given his impeccable record in the lower divisions.
His most recognisable job was at Rotherham United. He guided them to two consecutive promotions which saw them return to the second tier for the first time in ten years. He then secured his sides Championship safety to maintain their place in the division for a second season.
Prior to being given the Rotherham job, he led Crawley Town to promotion to League 2 and he played a huge part in their promotion the next year, before making the switch to South Yorkshire with Rotherham United.
Evans’ most recent job was with Leeds United. He had a successful seven month tenure at the West Yorkshire outfit, finishing the season in 13th place after worries of relegation before he took over.
But like many other Leeds managers during Massimo Cellino’s time at the club, he fell victim to his Chairman’s trigger happy nature of treating his managers and was unfairly dismissed.
It is somewhat a surprise that Evans has decided to take the job at Mansfield given his brilliant record at his recent clubs, but other teams’ loss is Mansfield’s gain and he should do a very good job.
The primary factor that Evans insists upon is that his side give 100% each time they step out onto the pitch and this will undoubtedly continue with his new employers. He will look to re-establish the strong bond between the club and its fans which would have been hampered with their poor start to the season.
One of his first aims will be to address their goal scoring woes which has restricted their points return up to now. Many of their games this season have ended in draws instead of potential victories with them only scoring 15 goals in their opening 16 league games.
Mansfield’s next game is at home against Steve Evans’s old side, Crawley Town, on Saturday.