Thursday 14 December 2017

Leeds boss Evans 'overwhelmed'

Leeds United manager Steve Evans
Leeds United manager Steve Evans

Steve Evans has spoken of his delight at becoming Leeds' sixth head coach in 17 months.

The 52-year-old Scot was given a rolling contract on Monday afternoon, taking over from Uwe Rosler who was sacked by Massimo Cellino over the weekend.

It proved to be Cellino's final act in charge before he was banned by the Football League for a second time in under 12 months owing to a tax offence in his native Italy.

It represented another chaotic chapter in Leeds' seemingly never-ending story of carnage, but Evans - who left Rotherham last month - could talk only of positives at his unveiling.

"It's overwhelming for me," he said. "I didn't know that an iPhone could take the 840 messages I received yesterday.

"My message to the supporters is, give me an opportunity. Many a better man and manager has sat here and asked for that. Am I cautious, nervous, excited? Yes. It's Christmas, baby's being born, your wedding day and your first date all rolled into one. Mr Cellino wanted me because of my track record and success. Does that warrant me Leeds United? It's a massive club and I'm not an ex-Premier League manager who can sit here and say it means nothing to me.

"I walked through the city last night and Leeds fans came up to me and shook my hand and chanted my name."

Although he is appealing the decision which was announced on Monday, Cellino is unlikely to be Evans' point of contact at Elland Road. Evans' immediate priority is boosting Leeds' anaemic form - one of the key factors behind Rosler's departure.

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