So began a long run through the rankings at Liverpool, starting as a coach under Bill Shankly, who retired in 1974 to be succeeded by assistant Bob Paisley. When Paisley retired in 1983, his own assistant Joe Fagan was promoted to the manager's seat. Fagan retired after two seasons to be succeeded by striker Kenny Dalglish (who was appointed player-manager), and Evans was now coaching under his fourth manager. When Dalglish quit in 1991, Evans found himself on the coaching staff of his fifth Liverpool manager in 18 years - Graeme Souness, a former Liverpool player who had previously been manager of Rangers.
With long-time first-team coach Ronnie Moran was also on board at the same time, this internal coaching system at Liverpool became known as The Boot Room. Evans is the most recent Liverpool manager to graduate from it, while Moran retired in 1999 without ever taking over as manager (although he was caretaker for a few weeks in 1991 between Dalglish's resignation and Souness's appointment).
On 28 January 1994, Graeme Souness quit as Liverpool manager in the wake of a shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Bristol City. Evans then took over as manager of a Liverpool side who were mid-table in the Premier League and out of contention for any major honours.
For the 1994-95 season, Evans strengthened his side with the addition of defenders John Scales and Phil Babb as well as young striker Mark Kennedy. He also gave further first-team opportunities to promising youngsters Steve McManaman, Jamie Redknapp and Robbie Fowler, who at the time were among the hottest prospects in English football. Established players such as John Barnes, Mark Wright and Ian Rush blended well with these young stars as Liverpool finished fourth in the Premier League and triumphed in the Football League Cup, beating Bolton Wanderers 2-1 with two Steve McManaman goals, and winning the competition for a record fifth time.
Over the summer of 1995, Evans made the headlines by paying a British record fee for Nottingham Forest striker Stan Collymore. Many observers tipped Liverpool to win the Premier League title for that season, particularly as defending champions Blackburn had promoted Kenny Dalglish to Director of Football and appointed the less successful Ray Harford as manager, and runners-up Manchester United had sold three key players and surprisingly relied on young players to fill their place. Although Liverpool looked like contenders during the first stages of the season, the title race had effectively become a Newcastle United-Manchester United contest by Christmas, with Manchester United finally clinching the title. Liverpool, meanwhile, had to settle for third place in the league; any lingering hopes of title glory were finished off towards the end of April with a shock defeat by Coventry City. They did reach the FA Cup final, but lost 1-0 to a late Eric Cantona goal for Manchester United. As United had done the double, Evans and his exciting young team would be competing in the 1996-97 European Cup Winners' Cup.
Evans strengthened his side with the acquisition of Czech midfielder Patrik Berger over the summer of 1996, but by the end of the season all the talk around Anfield was about a promising 17-year-old striker, Michael Owen, who had shown tremendous potential in a handful of games for the club. Liverpool had led the Premier League on several occasions before the end of January, but eventually finished fourth while Manchester United clinched the title by a seven-point margin. Their European Cup Winners' Cup adventure ended in the semi-finals when they lost to Paris St Germain.
With Stan Collymore moving to Aston Villa in the close season, Evans did not want to throw Owen into the first team, so he brought in legendary German striker Karlheinz Riedle to partner the prolific Robbie Fowler. Liverpool mounted a strong title challenge in 1997-98 and Owen burst onto the scene with 18 goals in 36 Premier League games, but they had to settle for third place in the league and yet another UEFA Cup campaign.
For the 1998-99 season, Gerard Houllier was appointed joint manager of Liverpool to work alongside Evans, but the arrangement was not a success and Evans resigned in November to leave Houllier in sole charge. Houllier would remain at the club until 2004, collecting one FA Cup, one UEFA Cup and two League Cups in that time.
Evans, meanwhile, was out of work for over a year. His name was linked with Nottingham Forest following their relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 1998-99 season, but the job went to David Platt instead. His comeback finally came in March 2000 when he became joint caretaker manager of Fulham alongside Karlheinz Riedle until Jean Tigana was given the job a month later.
In June 2001, Evans was named Director of Football at Swindon Town in Division Two, with 33-year-old former Liverpool defender Neil Ruddock as player-coach. But the pair failed to inspire a promotion challenge at the County Ground, and on 20 December 2001 they were succeeded by new manager Andy King.
In February 2007, he accepted an offer to become part-time assistant manager to Brian Carey at League Two strugglers Wrexham, and left at the end of the season after helping Wrexham avoid relegation to the Conference National. After Wrexham escaped relegation from League Two at the end of the 2006-07 season, this agreement was extended.
He has moved away from working in professional football and he currently works as a marshall on golf courses.
In 2005 he was awarded with a CBE for services to British football in the Queen's New Years Honours List. As well as his coaching commitments, he also currently acts as a co-commentator for live audio broadcasts of Liverpool matches on the official web site, www.liverpoolfc.tv. Evans also co-operated on an authorised biography, called Ghost On The Wall, which was released at the end of 2004.
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