Evans knows it’s good to talk

Pompey midfielder Gareth Evans   Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey midfielder Gareth Evans Picture: Joe Pepler

HE MADE no bones about his frustration at being left out.

But Gareth Evans praised Paul Cook for the man-management which softened the blow of being dropped at Wycombe.

The gaffer’s man-management is the best I’ve ever come across.

Gareth Evans

Evans found himself on the bench at Adams Park after starting the past five games for the Blues.

That followed an unwanted stint in the stands after his suspension for the red card he picked up at Cambridge.

The 27-year-old is vying for a return to the team for tomorrow’s FA Cup second-round clash against Accrington Stanley.

He explained Cook’s straight talking has made the situation easier to handle.

Evans said: ‘It can be frustrating.

‘If you are happy not to play then you shouldn’t be.

‘But if you are professional you have to be aware things like this are going to happen throughout the season.

‘You just have to be happy for whoever is coming in and want the team to win.

‘The gaffer’s man-management is the best I’ve ever come across. Everyone knows where they stand.

‘The gaffer took me to one side and explained. It wasn’t a problem, I just took it.’

Evans may regard Cook as the best manager for handling players he’s worked with in his career.

But not every boss is rated so highly in a career which has taken in stop-offs at Macclesfield Town, Bradford City, Rotherham United and Fleetwood Town.

Not being able to speak directly to players as adults is a problem with managers he’s faced before.

Evans said: ‘That’s when players do get a problem with being dropped, if they just get thrown out without it being explained to them.

‘The player ends up wondering what’s going on.

‘But that’s not the case with the gaffer. He’s very good with his man-management.

‘With the gaffer, he spoke to me and I knew the reason for it. It was as simple as that.

‘I’ve had managers in the past who have been a nightmare for it.

‘You never knew where you stood and it caused friction.

‘I just think they aren’t very good socially. They don’t think like that.

‘Managers try to put it off and avoid it. This manager isn’t like it at all.

‘You like to know why you are not playing.

‘Some managers just don’t like it.’

Evans lifted the lid on the manner in which Cook will plan ahead with his selections at Pompey.

That allows him to explain to players when they will feature again, if they are taken out of the starting XI.

Evans feels that’s the way it has to be, with Pompey carrying a sizeable squad of talent.

He said: ‘The gaffer will say you aren’t playing on Saturday, but there’s every chance you’ll play the next game, so make sure you’re ready.

‘It has to work like that because there are so many good players here.

‘We have to rotate to keep everyone happy. That’s football at the end of the day. It’s going to get us promoted.

‘If we do have that and have a decent cup run, we’ll all be happy.’