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Corry Evans will come up against his club and country bosses this weekend if selected at Stoke City

29 November 2019

It's not often one game features both your bosses, but for Corry Evans that could well be the reality this weekend at Stoke City.

Club boss Tony Mowbray will be situated in the away dugout when kick-off comes at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday, whilst newly-appointed Potters chief Michael O'Neill has been leading Evans and Northern Ireland since the back end of 2011.

It's certainly a rarity, but Evans is looking forward to locking horns with a man that has given him the majority of his 59 caps for the national team.

He's also the only man in the Rovers squad that has an insight into the way O'Neill likes to play, which Mowbray could well lean on.

“It’ll be the first time that I’ll be playing in front of both my managers in one game," the Belfast-born midfielder admitted ahead of the trip.

“It’ll be nice to see him. He’s started very well despite losing in midweek.

“I know the way he likes to set his team up and how he wants to play, so I know it’ll be a difficult test for us.

“He’s proven that he can sort teams out with us at Northern Ireland. With his attention to detail, his teams are always hard to play against, look after the ball, ask questions of you and put balls in the box.

“I think in the long run he’ll be an excellent appointment for Stoke," he said.

“He usually puts me in in the big games and it’s nice to have a manager who puts faith in you like that. It gives you a lot of confidence when someone does that."

It was a first home league start of the season for the 29-year-old in midweek, and Evans is hopeful of continuing his run in the starting XI in Staffordshire.

“I came in and tried my best on Wednesday, and it’s up to the manager to choose his team," he added.

"We have a good squad, a lot of players who can come in and do a good job on a Saturday, so we’ll wait and see whether I've done enough to keep my place."


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