WHEN two heads are outsmarted by one, something has to give and, in the case of Liverpool co-manager Roy Evans, was his tenure at Anfield. Evans, and his former partner, Frenchman Gerard Houllier, had not seen their co-constructed side record a Premier League victory since September 9 and as George Graham's revitalised Spurs ushered them out of the Worthington Cup on Wednesday, a 'beautiful friendship' ended. Yesterday, the British media reported that Evans had resigned on Wednesday evening after a meeting with Liverpool chairman David Moores, and was awaiting details of his compensation package. Officially, the board of Liverpool Football Club made no comment until Evans decided to break silence on the managerial situation. Evans has given the club 30 years of unbroken service - as a player, coach and manager. A pay-off in the region of ?300,000 to compensate Evans for the remainder of his contract which is due to expire next year, and to reward a lifetime at the club, is envisaged. Liverpool slipped into the bottom half of the Premier League with last Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to an under-strength Derby County and both Evans and Houllier knew that a slip-up against Tottenham on home soil would spell disaster. Evans was taking it on the chin after the Spurs match, saying: 'It is the situation at the club that worries me , and everyone else here more than anything else. 'It's more important than my situation. I can come into press conferences and keep saying the same things - it doesn't change at the end of the day. Of course I am disappointed [with results], but the only way out of this decline is hard work. 'We have tried to rebuild confidence with the players. It is not for the lack of effort for we created a reasonable number of chances against Tottenham but we can't keep giving teams two-goal starts and then having mountains to climb. We have to battle through this and may end up stronger for it.' Houllier, who has always backed the ethos of co-managership at Anfield in public, would continually spring to the defence of his partner, saying: 'The responsibility is totally a joint one, completely. The game [against Spurs] was the same as the one against Derby - you go one goal down early on, then two goals down, it becomes very difficult to chase back. 'It is just like chasing mountains all the time. It's just bad defending, it ruins any good offensive work when you keep letting goals in like this.' It is no secret that Evans and Houllier have been trying to sign a top-class defender since the close season and have scoured Europe and further afield without success. The paying public, though, seem to be voting with their feet as only 20,000 turned up at Anfield to see their favourites be put through the mill again against Tottenham. Evans, by his actions and reactions after the Worthington Cup tie, seemed resigned to the fact that his lifelong career at Anfield was over. 'I've read a lot about it in the papers and I expect I will read a lot more. But me and Gerard are here to do a job to the best of our ability. If other people don't think this is viable, it's up to them to make a decision.' Despite mounting rumour and speculation that there was a private rift between the two men, Houllier backed the management situation after the Derby defeat by saying: 'People can't say that the partnership didn't work today and then say that it worked in Valencia [when Liverpool progressed in the UEFA Cup].' Houllier, the former Technical Director of the French Football Federation and a member of the backroom team for the successful French World Cup-winning squad before joining the ranks at Anfield, will now assume full control of team affairs. 'Much has been said about our positions. I don't really want to say much more,' the Frenchman said. 'We have got to react as a team and we have to bounce back. The players know that.' Evans, despite his stiff upper lip, had earlier cast doubts on his future when tackled on the subject. 'People keep asking the same question day after day. If people in other places feel we are not a viable proposition then they have to make a decision,' he said. Former Anfield favourites also heavily criticised the current regime, with television pundit Alan Hansen perhaps being harshest of all. Hansen, the cultured defender who has always been known for his outspoken opinions, condemned the concept of managerial sharing at Anfield from the outset and shared his views with millions of television viewers at the beginning of the season. He turned the knife by saying: 'Questions were always going to be asked when things went badly. In my experience in professional football you have got to have one man making the decisions, whether it's substitutions, team selections or leaving people out, or whatever. One man should make the decisions, not a committee. 'Also, you have got the problem of too many people off form and basically too many Liverpool players who are mediocre. They have got five or six players that are top class but you need 11 who are top class.' It was not so much the writing being on the wall, more that it has been daubed there in thick red and white letters.