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On his own

Evans suspended
by Hardy on 05/07/2002

Steve Evans was yesterday suspended from his role as Manager of Boston United following the FA Charges against the club and him personally. (picture courtesy Adam Upsall - BostonFever.com)

Steve Evans suspended
Just one day after breaking his silence following the FA charges against Boston United and him personally, Steve Evans has been suspended from the club pending an internal enquiry. In his interview with BBC Radio Lincolnshire Evans had expressed his gratitude for the support being shown to him by "senior people in the football club". It now appears that this gratitude was premature.

The sixteen charges published by the FA on the 24th June split three ways, six against Boston United for contract irregularities, eight against Evans personally which are the same six contract irregularities plus two for attempting to mislead the FA enquiry, and two against former chairman Pat Malkinson, one of which relates to the contracts, the other of which relates to misleading the enquiry.

Yesterday's announcement also stated that Malkinson had resigned from his position on the board of Boston United due to recent ill health.

Where does this leave us?
It seems clear that new Chairman and owner of Boston United, Des Wood, is distancing the club from the previous management under which the incidents that the charges relate to took place. By doing this he is leaving Evans and Malkinson to carry the more obviously serious charge of attempting to mislead the FA enquiry alone . He stated yesterday that, "We have co-operated fully with the FA enquiry and are committed to upholding FA Rules. Media reports have referred to "financial irregularities" so I want to make it very clear that no dishonesty or criminal conduct has been alleged against the club."

This approach always seemed Boston United's best course of action and the only question is why the club waited eight days before suspending Evans. Fans report that Evans took the squad for pre-season training yesterday.

Will it work?

Possibly, although should the FA feel that the "financial irregularities" made any kind of impact on the on-field performance of the club during 2001/02 they need to consider whether this impacted the very close title race. The fact that Evans and Malkinson allegedly tried mislead the FA enquiry leads many observers to believe that the "irregularities" were serious. If the FA do conclude that the issues in the contracts did impact issues on the field they must take a much harder stance against the club.

Meanwhile Steve Evans is set to defend the charges against him without the support of his employers at the FA hearing on July 18th and 19th.


 

 

 

 

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