Ben Pringle has revealed that one of the main reasons why he decided to join Fulham this summer was to work under manager Kit Symons and has drawn a sharp contrast in the attitude of his new manager and the Rotherham United boss Steve Evans.
The left winger signed for Fulham ahead of a number of Championship rivals after deciding to leave Rotherham on a free transfer at the end of his contract and is relieved to have left Evans’ rather frenetic managerial style behind, according to an interview with getwestLondon:
The gaffer here seems very calm and likes to think about things and do them in his own way, which isn’t ranting and raving. Whereas Steve Evans is in your face shouting and swearing and all the rest of it. If you don’t get it done; you don’t play kind of thing. I said that when I first met Kit; having a laugh and a joke about going from one experience to another.
Pringle admitted that Rotherham’s readiness to sell him to their relegation rivals Millwall in the midst of their battle against the drop in January convinced him that he should take the opportunity to move on at the end of the campaign.
On the Monday Steve Evans said I’m going to get a new deal for you. By Tuesday night they’d accepted a bid by Millwall and he was telling me to go, which was a bit strange as they were rock-bottom and he was trying to sell me Millwall as an exciting proposition.
The 26 year-old was quick to accept Fulham’s offer ahead of a number of other suitors, including Bolton Wanderers, Leeds and Ipswich, and says that was down to the club’s recent history in the Premier League and European football.
The size of the club and players, and Fulham ambitions made them a lot bigger than the other clubs that were interested.