Sheffield Wednesday: Happy McLaren recruits former Owls No 2

Chris Evans has been named Derby County's new head of football operations.
Chris Evans has been named Derby County's new head of football operations.
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Steve McLaren, the Derby County head coach, has expressed his delight at bringing in Chris Evans as their new head of football operations.

Evans, most recently Gary Megson’s assistant at Sheffield Wednesday, was officially appointed yesterday, having watched the Rams comfortably beat his former club last weekend. Born in Rhondda, Wales, Evans’ duties will include scouting, recruitment and supporting McLaren and chief executive Sam Rush at Pride Park.

McLaren said: “I’m pleased we have been able to welcome someone of Chris’ quality and calibre into our football operations.

“Chris has a vast amount of experience in a variety of roles during the last 34 years in the game and he will be instrumental in the way the football department operates on a day-to-day and week-to-week basis.

“The interview process threw up plenty of interesting and quality candidates but we were impressed with Chris from the word go and we’re pleased he’s decided to join us. Both myself and the rest of the staff are looking forward to working with him and developing a strong working relationship.”

The former England boss added: “Chris’s arrival is extremely important for the way we want to operate.

“It was imperative that we weren’t rushed into an appointment and we firmly believe we have the best man for the job.”

Evans became Megson’s number two at Hillsborough in February 2011. Just over a year later, he left Wednesday by mutual consent following the departure of Megson. Wednesday went on to pip Sheffield United to the second automatic promotion berth in League One.

Of his 13-month spell with the Owls, Evans said: “I enjoyed every minute. I had a great relationship with the players. 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.”