Steve Evans was only too happy to sign a new contract at Stevenage prior to the victory over Aston Villa and delighted chairman Phil Wallace felt the same.

The new deal for the 60-year-old will potentially keep him at the Lamex until 2025.

And he explained how the process had come about as well as giving an insight as to the working relationship with his chairman.

“I certainly didn’t get a big financial increase, that’s for sure,” he said with a laugh. 

“No, myself and the chairman have been talking as far back as the summer about when would be right if we both wanted to do it. 

“The chairman met with me in the first part of December and said he wanted me to do it now but things got in the way as we entered a busy and hectic part over Christmas. 

“We then both said we’d leave it until he was back in January but we’ve been texting and speaking on the phone. 

“I’m very comfortable here. I love the people in the town and the people at the football club. 

“The chairman allows you to manage, he doesn’t micro-manage you and tell you to do things. He lets you manage. 

“But you are accountable to Phil Wallace. He is a very wealthy man for a reason, he’s very clever. 

“He allows you to make decisions and while he doesn’t expect you to get every decision right, he does expect you to make him understand why you made the decision. 

“If your thought process is right and he can understand it, then there are no issues.”

Boro go to Harrogate Town in League Two on Saturday.