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Has anyone seen that comment he made about Leeds in 2013 on Facebook.

I will try to post it, big Leeds fan in those days our Steve.


This is going to be so much fun.


We weren't horrible on our travels, but it was still our Uwe form that ultimately let Rosler down.

* Brought to you courtesy of Highly Contrived and Tenuous Puns plc. *

His Wikipedia entry makes scary reading. And that's the stuff they can print.

I'n sure him and Mad Mass will undoubtedly bond over tax evasion and fraud. Perhaps more so than football.

We've certainly got one of the biggest names in football now. He could swallow Lewis Cook whole.

Grind wrote:
but it was still our Uwe form that ultimately let Rosler down. *

I thought Uwe form had something to with Sheeps
Late Doors

Can i be the first to say i think he will do a great job for us. Thought id get that in first so you can thank me when we complete our charge into the play offs, and beyond
Frazier Cranium

He might. y'know.  I hope he does, I haven't got owt against him, just the c0unt who runs the club.

Frazier Cranium wrote:
He might. y'know.  I hope he does, I haven't got owt against him, just the c0unt who runs the club.

At the end of the day you have to give the bloke a chance don't you.

Did the right thing dropping Mowatt. He's been shite all season. Think he may have a pie problem. Although Steve probably isn't the best person to dispense lifestyle advice.

He might be all right. He did a good job at Crawley and Rotherham, He might be the new Hockaday.

Wood may have his limitations but at least he seems able to put a penalty away. Famous last words.......
Frazier Cranium

Old articles about Evans, possibly before he became Welcome To Skegness signage icon

'At Broadfield Stadium last night, Crawley Town beat Bath City in the Blue Square Premier to move up to seventh place in the table after four matches. A crowd of 1,252 people turned out to watch it – hardly, one might think, a ringing endorsement of the “Project Promotion” that the club has put in place since new owners decided that money was no object in buying the club a place in the Football League. Perhaps the people of Crawley aren’t quite as excited at the prospect of “Project Promotion” as those running the “project” might have hoped. Should they continue to win, the likelihood is that crowds will increase, but the wider reputation of Crawley Town remains low. There has been some degree of distaste at the way that the club has been throwing its money about, but even this has palled at the continuing involvement at Crawley Town of one of the biggest bête noires of modern football: Steve Evans.

Why, though, is Steve Evans so despised? It’s easy, from a distance, to assume that the ongoing antipathy towards Evans is an antipathy like any other. An abrasive “larger than life” character will always stir up negative emotions in the supporters of other clubs, but Evans seems to strike something baser – a raw nerve that provokes florid and colourful streams of abuse, something that makes others desperately hopeful to see him fail. There may be an element of truth in this interpretation of the dislike of him, but it seems likely that much of the hatred of Steve Evans is based on something more tangible. Because Steve Evans is a convicted criminal, part of a scam that took a club from the middle ground of the non-league game into the Football League and, moreover, for many non-league supporters, he is also the man that, in spite of his criminal record, for many people, got away with it.

After an average playing career in his native Scotland that was cut short by a knee ligament injury at the age of twenty-eight, Evans briefly pitched up at Corby Town as chairman in 1994 before moving on to Stamford FC. After four years at Stamford, he was given a managerial leg-up when he accepted the managerial job at Boston United – a club frequently described at the time as “sleeping giants”, in non-league terms at least – in 1998. Two years later, they were promoted into the Football Conference as the champions of the Southern League, and after a further two years, following a neck and neck race against Dagenham & Redbridge, he took his club into the Football League on as slim a margin as goal difference. Both of these title wins, however, would come to be regarded as fundamentally tainted by the revelations that followed them.

Within weeks, the FA’s then-compliance officer, Graham Bean, had launched an investigation into the financial irregularites at Boston United, and, July of that year, the club was found guilty by an FA disciplinary committee of systematically lodging false contracts for players. The ploy was a simple one. Players signed contracts that were worth a fraction of the value of what they were being paid. In one case, Ken Charlery was recorded as being paid £120 per week when he was actually being paid £620 per week and had received a £16,000 signing on fee for the club, against which no tax had been paid. In another, the former Liverpool defender Mike Marsh was contracted as being paid £100 per week when he was actually earning £1,000 per week. The difference was paid through “expenses”, against which no tax was payable.

The club was fined £100,000 and docked four points for the following season, a decision that enraged Dagenham & Redbridge, who had missed out so narrowly on promotion to Evans’ club. More notable than this, though (at least from the point of view of this particular story), was the fact that Evans and the club’s owner at the time, Pat Malkinson, were both found guilty by the FA of having, “”facilitated a payment of £8,000 to a witness to attempt to mislead, impede and frustrate” the FA’s enquiry into the scam. Malkinson was fined £5,250 and suspended from football for thirteen months. Evans was fined £8,000 and suspended from football for twenty months.

Evans may have been banned from football, but he wasn’t out of work for long, taking a job working for a recruitment company owned by a Staffordshire businessman called Jon Sotnick. Sotnick (who went on to act as Chief Executive at Darlington and was linked with a take-over of Sheffield Wednesday in 2008) was persuaded to put money into Boston United and Evans returned as the Boston manager in February 2004. By this time, though, the mere bans of the FA were the least of Evans’ concerns. A criminal investigation had been launched into the goings-on at Boston, and in September 2005 he and four other people connected with Boston United (including former Boston chairman Pat Malkinson) were charged with – and denied – committing fraud at the club between 1998 and 2002.

Meanwhile, on the pitch, he was earning himself a reputation for the levels of abuse that he threw around when decisions didn’t go his way. In February 2006, for example, he was escorted from Grimsby Town’s Blundell Park by the police after verbally abusing the fourth official. After the match, Sotnick (by then the Boston chairman) claimed, with regard to the police’s involvement during the match, that, “There seems to be a conspiracy at work. At every game Steve seems to be singled out for extra attention from the police – and I’m determined to get the bottom of this”. Perhaps the choicest quote of all from Sotnick on the matter, however, was this, which needs no further comment:

Steve was thrown out of the ground with no money, no mobile phone and was left to fend for himself.

Sotnick resigned in June of 2006 to take over as the Chief Executive of Darlington, and sold his shares to director Jim Rodwell for a nominal sum. The trial of Steve Evans, Pat Malkinson, et al, meanwhile, reached trial at Southwark Court in September 2006. The court heard evidence regarding the contracts from Ken Charlery, and the total amount that had been creamed off by the club through fraudulently failing to pay tax and national insurance contributions on the wages of Boston’s players was confirmed at £245,188. While two of the other defendants were acquitted by the judge and one more had his case thrown out, though, Malkinson and Evans changed their pleas to guilty at the last minute. Malkinson was given a two year prison sentence, suspended for two years and ordered to pay back the money that the club owed in tax plus just over £100,000 in interest. Evans received a one year suspended sentence.

The one common thread of the summing up of Evans’ trial is how much sympathy many concerned seemed to have for him. His defence counsel, Jim Sturman QC, for example, stated that, “If your honour sends Steve Evans to prison today he will lose his job again. It has already cost him £140,000 in legal fees, fines from the FA and loss of income. I ask for tempering justice with mercy. Is it worth sending Steve Evans to overcrowded prisons? He is terrified of spending one day in prison… There has been the stress and anxiety over four years. He has not slept. His family have not slept. He is terrified”. Diddums. To the fury of Boston supporters, who had seen the name of their club dragged through the mud by the whole affair, Jim Rodwell announced that, “I think Steven has been working under incredibly difficult circumstances and it’s been a struggle for him”, and kept him in his job.

Evans resigned his position as Boston’s manager in May 2007, shortly after a by then financially-crippled Boston United were relegated from the Football League after a last day of the season defeat at Wrexham. Boston were demoted straight into the Blue Square North in June 2007 and then demoted again into the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League a year later, but Evans landed on his feet. Two days after his resignation, he took up the managerial position at Blue Square Premier club Crawley Town. Crawley’s financial problems since then have been well documented. Crawley’s financial difficulties over the last three years have been well documented (they were fighting off a winding up order from HMRC earlier this year), but they ended up under new ownership and the club paid off all of its debts at the start of this summer.

Since then, the club has been on a spending spree that is unprecedented in recent years. They have, to date, spent £330,000 on new players (without taking into consideration the burden on their wage budget) and have been looking at plenty of others as well. Their attempt to sign Wimbledon’s captain, Danny Kedwell, on the eve of the new season, however, was less successful, with Kedwell himself saying:

“Crawley are trying to buy everyone and I’m flattered but I’m captain of this club and hopefully next season we’ll be in the Football League instead of them.”

Boston United beat Bradford Park Avenue in the play-offs in May to secure promotion back into the Blue Square North. The legacy of Evans’ time as their manager is that they had fallen so far in the first place. Crawley Town supporters have had three years of Evans and do not need to be told about his past and they may well not give a damn about the moral aspect of Evans’ past if their team does manage to get promoted into the Football League at the end of this season, but the story of Steve Evans is a story that stands being told again as a reminder of chronic mismanagement and one of the most clear-cut examples of what has come to be known as “financial doping” imaginable. Ultimately, whatever else Evans achieves in his career will be tarnished by his past and whichever club employs him will be tainted by his involvement with them. Promotion is one thing, but respect can’t neccessarily be bought.
Frazier Cranium

Rotherham boss Evans hit with six-match stadium ban and fine over lewd act during melee

Controversial manager Steve Evans has been given a six-match stadium ban and fined £3,000 by the Football Association after being found guilty of using abusive and insulting words and behaviour with a reference to gender.

The charge against the Rotherham boss, which dates back to when he was at Crawley, relates to a League Two match against Bradford City in March.

The Rotherham boss was accused of pulling down his trousers in front of the woman on the night of the ill-tempered clash which ended amid farcical scenes with five players shown r*d cards.

At some point afterwards, it was said Evans was seen to perform the lewd act outside the changing rooms.

Evans left his post at Crawley, who subsequently won promotion to League One, in April to become Rotherham manager.

An FA statement read: 'Following an Independent Regulatory Commission held on Wednesday 5 September 2012, Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has been given a six-match stadium ban and fined £3000.

'Mr Evans was charged with using abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a participant in or around the dressing room area at the end of the Bradford City versus Crawley Town Football League Two fixture on 27 March 2012.

'It was further alleged that the breach included a reference to gender, a breach of FA Rule E3(2). Mr Evans denied the charge and requested a personal hearing.

'The Commission found that Mr Evans had used abusive and insulting words and behaviour towards a participant in or around the dressing room area at the end of the fixture which did include a reference to gender. The Commission did not find that Mr Evans had used indecent words or behaviour.

'Mr Evans has informed The Football Association that he does not wish to appeal the decision and therefore the sanction is now imposed with immediate effect.

'The stadium ban will prevent Mr Evans from attending the ground at which Rotherham United's first team are playing at any time during a match day.'

Evans expressed his disappointment at the decision but added in a statement: 'For the good of Rotherham United I accept the verdict and will move on with no further comment.'

A club statement read: 'Rotherham United acknowledge the decision of the FA today and will work closely with Steve Evans to ensure the penalty imposed does not affect our objectives for this season.

'The club wishes to stress that there will be no further comment on this matter.'

He will fit in well at Leeds then OC. Vinny Jones and the Service Crew all wrapped up in one. And we know who ate all the pies

I'm at turns numb and indifferent to this club of ours these days. I want them to win but I'll invest no more of my time in their fortunes while we have a madman at the controls. If he was mad and splashing his considerable cash I could deal with it but we seem to attract the cheapest rich people of them all.
Late Doors

If he was mad and splashing his considerable cash I could deal with it but we seem to attract the cheapest rich people of them all.

perfect summary
Frazier Cranium

He's just scum, I'm not really fussed if that offends anyone, it's my own view of him.

I had a very enlightening conversation with a taxi driver when I was in Rome in September - he told me all about the exploits Cellino is noted for in Italy.

I could warm to Evans if he ships Silvestri out.

The ref has been our friend this season. Four pens. More than we usually get in a whole year.
Late Doors

Average football is not a complicated game is it? If you do the average things averagely well you'll do ok. Do them slightly worse than most others and you'll struggle. Do them slightly better than most others and you'll be "successful". That has got to be the basis of every strategy hasn’t it, surely? Get the basics right, get into the right habits and incrementally build in improvement, its fucking simple. Put the right players into the right positions, find out what they do best and ask them to do it. Get them to enjoy it and make damm sure they know what a privilege it is to play for Leeds United and to stay playing for Leeds United. I cannot believe the succession of deluded numpties from El Tel to Rosler who have failed to understand that and tried to force  their Moet and Chandon into a beer bottle. You cannot ask players to be something they are not and cannot ask them to play in ways they do not understand or enjoy. Its fucking madness. We are a million miles away from the top echelon style of intense fluidity that is solidified with world class individuals so why try to play like we are. It is utter bollocks.

Steve Evans has come in and whatever happens to him I applaud him for bringing a sense of reality to our club and guess what? we at last seem like a football team. Not a great one, not even one that looks like a promotion team but one that looks like it has the basics to become one.

At Huddersfield last Saturday we did everything right, we beat another average team by doing the average things better than them. Our average players threw their bodies into blocks, ran throughout the game, chased, closed down, played simple passes, gave each other help and options on the ball and played with energy, passion and joy. If you do these things you will be loved by our fans. You will score more goals than you let in and win football games. The rest is just a case of getting better and better at it. Who knows how long Evans will last but if he can keep up what he did after the atrocities of the Blackburn game who knows what could happen. We might not even go down this season
Late Doors

Lest i be thought of as Evans' biggets fan that's three wins out of Five, Should have been Four agains Rovram and the Blackburn game was a freak, (hopefully) Its all ugy as chuff mindst. That new midfielder is just what we needed and he isnt afraid to drop Antenucchi when needed. All im suggesting is that he isnt the pillock some thought he might have been
Late Doors

Sat in the west stand for the cup game on Saturday directly behind the dugouts. Quite a different perspective of the game and the respective management teams.Redders was quiet, as was our old mate Andy Hughes also part of Rotherham's staff. Unlike our two Evans and Raynor. Holy moses they'd throw you out of the kop for language like that. Unlike our company around us as well which was a lot more refined. sensible comments all around with no "fuck off Doukarra you dog shit twat" comments we get in the kop. A lot less scalp showing as well but by Christ the seats are narrow with hardly room to clap without rubbing up your neighbours

Interesting hearing Evans absolutely balling young Coyle out withing minutes of the lads debut. The thing was though he was shouting at him to get in exactly the position where the ball ended up several times. After about 15 mins both Evans an Raynor were encouraging him with support. In fact it was interesting that almost every thing that the pair were shouting out was correct as if they knew exactly were the ball was going to be. Bellusci got the most stick for his positional play but took it well whereas Murphy seemed to be forever winging. I thought he had a good game though and it was all pats and handshakes when he came off

The pair settle down midway through the second half as if they knew the game was won as much as Redders knew it was lost.Evans' post match I interviewe was good as well although I couldn't quite agree with both his and Noel Whelan's praise of Doukarra. I thought he was shocking right up until the last ten minutes when he became quite a threat. Yep, I'm warming to Mr Evans vey nicely
Late Doors

Seems Big Steve is facing the inevitable. Personally I think he should be backed by the lunatic in the form of three replacements to the squad at the very least and a couple of additions and given next season. WTF else is going to be better? some of the names I've seen banded around are chuffing preposterous

Sheridan odd on favourite.

His record as a manager is less than stellar.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

If we're going to be stuck with Cellino he might as well try and get an Italian he won't push around so much who knows what he's doing and is canny enough to play MC

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
If we're going to be stuck with Cellino he might as well try and get an Italian he won't push around so much who knows what he's doing and is canny enough to play MC

I wonder if that bloke at Leicester is ready for another challenge then?
Late Doors

Heard that the chap at MK Dons, the team who have just been relegated is being lined up

Late Doors wrote:
Heard that the chap at MK Dons, the team who have just been relegated is being lined up

The mind boggles, it really does.
smiling badger

Not a lover of Evans but really wouldnt mind him staying now. Not that he has achieved anything but to keep a tiny bit of stability in the team. Of which will probably be torn apart during the summer when some of the big guns come sniffing around.

I see we've let a few go - including Antenucci and Wootton. No great surprises.

Bridcutt Adewemi and Karayal back to their prospective clubs.

What we're missing out on is the annual car boot sale of discarded players which seems to be the main source of new blood for clubs nowadays.

There's always a few bargains out there amid the shite, but you have to get there early.
Late Doors

Inevitable but at least he kept us up after what was looking like certain relegation under Rossler (to me at least). Not disappointed to see him go although I have no ill feelings. A bit of a gabbler but he took his chance and didn't let the club down.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

Everyone loves a trier and he gave it his all - he also won Weightwatchers of the Year West Yorks division Forum Index -> Leeds
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