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Thursday, November 12, 1998 Published at 14:55 GMT

Sport: Football

Evans quits Anfield

Roy Evans: "It would be a bigger mistake to stay"

Roy Evans announces his resignation
Joint Liverpool manager Roy Evans has left the club after 33 years.

He made the announcement at a news conference at Anfield on Thursday afternoon.

Mike Ingham: Concept of joint leadership is floored
His resignation comes after poor performances against both Leicester and Derby and a 3-1 defeat by Tottenham in the Worthington Cup on Tuesday.

Despite being offered another job at the club, Evans said he decided to make a clean break.

[ image: Evans
Evans "I've done the job with honesty and integrity"
"If it's not working then it would be a bigger mistake to stay," he said.

"I want to give Gerard (Houillier) and the team a chance and to do that you have to walk away.

The BBC's Neil Bennett reports from Anfield
Speaking alongside Liverpool chairman David Moores, Evans said the past few weeks had taken their toll and he hoped the club could now make a fresh start.

"I've done the job with honesty and integrity," he said.

"People say it's been a failure I dispute that - but for the club it's necessary for me to make a break."

Nigel Adderley looks back over Roy Evans' career
Evans' resignation comes just five months after Gerard Houillier joined the club as joint manager alongside the former Liverpool player.

The move was regarded by the press as unworkable and Evans' removal seems the culmination of a situation that was always destined to end in failure.

Houillier now takes over the role as manager with ex-Liverpool star Phil Thompson joining the coaching team alongside the Frenchman.

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