SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Gone ... but I still hope Owls are promoted, says Chris Evans

Fond farewell: Chris Evans has thanked fans
Fond farewell: Chris Evans has thanked fans
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CHRIS Evans looks back with pride on his 13 months at Hillsborough.

His departure has done nothing to dim his affection for the Owls and he hopes that they win promotion.

“I enjoyed every minute,” said the club’s former assistant manager who has followed Gary Megson out of the exit door.

“We came in when the club were in a lower position and I feel very proud to have helped them go in the right direction.

“We have been in the top three nearly all season. I am very keen to see the club and the players and fans get back into the Championship, which is where a club of Sheffield Wednesday’s size needs to be as a minimum, and my wish for everybody concerned is that it happens at the end of the season.”

Evans, who left by mutual consent last week, regards it as part of the game when a turnover in backroom staff follows the arrival of a new manager. Terry Burton followed Dave Jones to Hillsborough after being his right-man at Cardiff.

Evans added: “I had a great relationship with the players. They were terrific to me when I left, and the response from fans has been incredible. I have been really touched.

“A lot of people say when they leave a club that that they’re going to take a rest. I won’t be doing that.

“You have to get off your backside; I‘ll be travelling the country to watch football and players, it’s the type of preparation you need for when you hopefully get your next role.

“I have been fortunate enough to have worked at Wolves, Bolton and Sheffield Wednesday and want my next club to give me the same type of experience and learning curve that I have enjoyed at those clubs.“

Dave Jones said: “I’d like to thank Chris for what he has done for this club. But football is football.

Teryy Burton has come in. It was important that there was someone here who knows how I work and we hit the ground running. Chris knows this division and was a big help to me.”