A look at the Boston Patter reveals an unhappy set of supporters. There is a
very vocal "get Evans back" contingent who wanted to see caretaker Neil
Thompson replaced by the heroic but forgetful manager (what exactly was in those
contracts??) who took them to two
promotions in three seasons. There is another group that, much more sensibly,
want to see Evans as far away as possible from York Street after the damage he
did to the club's reputation last season.
The pro-Evans group have been very vocal at recent games and have been
accused of undermining Thompson and may well be part of the reason for him
quitting. The pro-Evans camp argue that he has not been found guilty
yet, and when it is pointed out that actually he pleaded guilty to half the
charges against him they say "yeah, but those are the same ones that the
club were found guilty of and the club still got promoted." Precisely!
The FA meanwhile have yet to provide closure to the Bostongate saga by
hearing the case on the remaining charges against Evans and former chairman Pat
Malkinson. The hearing was originally delayed due to Malkinson's health and
scheduled for this week, but has now been further delayed, bizarrely as
Malkinson appears to have booked his holidays to coincide with the hearing.
old Steve (left, courtesy of Adam Upsall - BostonFever.com) is still stirring the pot too. He was reported in the Peterborough Evening Telegraph as saying he could
return and take the team to the play-offs and that he is very frustrated that
the hearings keep being delayed. Then came reports that the real reason for the
delays is that the FA can't get hold of Evans to set the date.
The same report stated that Evans' lawyer for the case is the same one that
defended the real-life perpetrator of the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
from extradition back to the US recently, Jim Shurman QC. Apparently after
the guy had got off on a technicality US cops were trying for a re-trial based
on new DNA evidence. One of our own wags commented that the appointment of
Shuman by Evans was due to the FA having evidence of Evans' DNA on a brown
envelope he licked.
As they say in
the X-Files, the truth is out there.