Roy Evans

Roy Evans

Roy Evans was another Liverpool manager who was from the local area. Born in Bootle, Roy was a talented footballer who played for the Reds between 1965-1975. Part of the Boot Room and the Shankly, Paisley, Fagan and Dalglish years, Roy had proven managerial ability steering Liverpool Reserves to 11 League titles.

Roy Evans

Then after a FA Cup defeat at Anfield in 1994 by Bristol City, the Liverpool board were to part ways with the Graeme Souness and finally appoint Roy Evans as the new manager of Liverpool Football Club. The Chairman at the time describing Roy as ‘the last of the Shankly lad.’

It was time for Roy Evan’s to step into the big time. There was no question that much work had to be done. The repair and rebuilding programme would be long process but one of Liverpool’s most trusted lieutenants would rise to the task.

Within a year of his appointment Roy Evans took Liverpool to the 1995 League Cup Final. The ‘McManaman Final’ saw a young Steve McMananam putting in a tremendous performance against Bolton.

 

The League Cup Final success was to be followed by another cup final appearance at Wembley. Man Utd were the opponents in the FA Cup Final 1996, but it wasn’t meant to be and Liverpool lost to their arch rivals.

Shades of the glory days in Europe showed signs of returning as Liverpool mad a semi-final appearance in the 1996 European Winners Cup competition. But sadly the Liverpool did not progress to the final.

Roy Evans remained at the hot-seat for several seasons taking Liverpool to 4th and 3rd position in the league.

It was at the start of the 1998-99 season when Frenchman Gerard Houllier arrived at the club. Liverpool were to announce Evans and Houllier as joint managers. It was the first time in the modern era that Liverpool took such a move. Houllier had many admirers and masterminded the resurgence in French Football. Given Roy Evans links with the Boot Room and Houllier’s modern day approach it was thought that bringing the two together would be a recipe for success. Far from it, Roy Evans resigned from his post in November 1998, ending a 34 year association. The last in the line of the Boot Room boys had sadly gone.

Roy Evans

In 2005 Roy Evan received a C.B.E from the Queen for his services to British football.

Honours as a manager:

League Cup Winners: 1995
F.A. Cup runners-up: 1996
European Cup Winners’ Cup semi-finalists: 1997

Signings

Phil Babb

Patrik Berger

John Scales

Stan Collymore

Jason McAteer

Introduced to the First Team:

Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.