EVANS PROMISES TO WORK FOR COYLE
Corry Evans who is away on international duty as Northern Ireland prepare for the European Championships says he is prepared to work with the new coach. The player complained bitterly recently as he wondered how long it would take the club to appoint a new manager, especially as they need to start preparations for life after the summer.
Evans who is 25 years of age is part of the Northern Ireland team set to face Slovakia in a final warm-up match on Saturday before heading to France for the tournament. Team mate Shane Duffy joined him as he was also named in the Ireland squad.
Duffy has just three caps to his name but his strong display for Rovers earned him the call to join the Martin O'Neill's 23-man squad. Northern Ireland aren't expected to do much at Euro 2106 - the latest StanJames betting has them at 50/1 to win, but they will hope to keep their pride.
The international job didn’t stop Evans from commenting on club issues as he affects him after signing a three-and-a-half year deal in November.
Paul Lambert announced that he was quitting the club, yet the club didn’t make any announcements after four weeks. It was frustrating the plans for the coming summer and Evans voiced his opinions. He said: “It’s frustrating and it’s not healthy really for players. There’s been eight lads who have left and the club have told them when a new manager comes in he will decide if he wants to negotiate a new deal with them.
“We had three players on loan also who have gone back; that’s a large chunk of our squad who are potentially not going to be there next season. It’s the right time to be recruiting players and hopefully the club can press on with that, get a new manager in place to build a squad for next season.”
The club eventually decided to employ Owen Coyle to replace Lambert. Though many of the club’s fans were not satisfied with the pick, Evans promised to work with the new manager.