Evans hoping to secure loan players
Evans hoping to secure loan players

With the final decision on League One still awaited, Gills boss Steve Evans has touched on the future of two of the club’s ex loan players, a managerial departure in the division and the news of which club has the longest current unbeaten away record in the country and beyond.

This week, news came through that both Jordan Graham and Jordan Roberts who had been loan members of Evans’ squad from Wolves and Ipswich Town respectively will be released by their respective parent clubs at the end of their contracts.

The Gills boss told KSN, “Both didn’t figure at first team levels for their clubs, and whilst they’ve been released, they’re contracted until the end of June – the Football League has gone for dispensation for the Play Offs and my understanding is that there will be dispensation for players that we had on loan if all parties agree then they can take part.”

“But we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it – first and foremost let’s see where we’re going with the League and then we’ll see where we go with the players!” 

It was also announced this week that Nigel Clough was to stand down as Burton Albion manager after five years in the job – which incidentally was his second in charge of the Brewers.

It was reportedly done to save the Staffordshire club’s finances. Evans, who has opposed Clough since their respective Non-League days, paid this tribute to his friend who was actually in charge of Burton across an incredible sixteen seasons and more than eight hundred and twenty games.

Evans said, “Nigel is an experienced manager and he’s done wonders at Burton Albion and for Nigel to step away, I know how he holds that club in his heart – it’s huge – and for him to step away then there’s a reason that only he and the Chairman know.”

“I’ve got to know Nigel over the last twenty-five years and he’s a man of principle – he’s a knowledgeable guy; he doesn’t do things rash; he’s not hasty and he thinks things through and will do the best for the club. No doubt in a few days time, I’ll give him a call to wish him the best for the future!”

Finally, it was claimed this week on social media that Gillingham’s away form is the best in this country and arguably one of the best across Europe.

The post claimed that the Gills’ run of nine games unbeaten away from Priestfield matches anything in the UK and in any of Europe’s top five Leagues. It was a fact that didn’t surprise the Gills boss who admitted, “It’s brilliant what the lads achieved, but it doesn’t surprise me!”

“I think if we hadn’t of lost one or two games just before we stopped, we’d have been something like twenty unbeaten – we drew too many of them; we know that!”

“But we were in terrific form and looking forward to every game we played. You know that we’d just come back and got a well deserved last minute goal at Sunderland to equalise and we were all looking forward to playing Fleetwood on the Saturday and if Fleetwood are in the Play Offs – and rightly so; Joey (Barton) has done a wonderful job up there – but if we’d have beaten them on that Saturday, we’d be four or five points off them.”

“So, our boys really were in good form, but if it’s come out on social media and on Twitter or whatever, it great for the boys to recognise it!”