SkyBet has seen big support for Steve Evans to become the next manager of Swindon Town. The former Leeds United boss, currently with Mansfield Town, is now priced 11/8 to be the permanent successor to Luke Williams, who recently stood down as manager following relegation from Sky Bet League One.
The Robins will be among the favourites to contest promotion out of Sky Bet League Two next season. Evans is said to be willing to remain at Mansfield, but only if he receives certain assurances from chairman John Radford. Swindon chairman Lee Power is likely to more funds available to try and get the club back into the third-tier, so Evans could be tempted by this prospect.
Evans joined the club in November 2016, signing a two-and-a-half year deal with the Stags. He recently stated that he is ‘not a League Two manager’, which is a big hint to the hierarchy to release funds for him to build a squad capable of challenging for promotion. If he cannot get that at Mansfield, he possibly could at Swindon.
Mansfield ended the season in 12th place. This was a top half finish but they were four points short of Blackpool, who occupied the final play-off position.
Swindon have endured a season to forget and have now set their focus on the future and getting promotion out of the league. Tim Sherwood is the director of football at the club, although it has certainly been a position which has been cast with a lot of confusion among club supporters. Earlier in the campaign he was said to have responsibility over team selection, despite Williams remaining the official head coach.
Adrian Viveash, who is Swindon-born and an ex-player, is another high in the betting for this role. He has previously been the Chelsea Under-21 manager, leaving earlier this month. Chris Ramsey, the former QPR manager, is another mentioned as well. He is back at Loftus Road in a different capacity.