Leeds find perfect man in Evans after Rosler sacked

Date published: Monday 19th October 2015 10:42

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Leeds and Steve Evans have become the most perfectly-matched pairing in football after Uwe Rosler was sacked as manager.

Rosler has been sacked after just five months as Leeds head coach, the club have announced.

Rosler, 46, appointed as Neil Redfearn’s replacement in May, becomes the fifth Leeds boss to be axed by chairman Massimo Cellino.

Leeds slipped to a third straight Sky Bet Championship defeat on Saturday, losing 2-1 at home to Brighton, and lie 18th in the table – three points above the relegation zone.

Former Rotherham boss Evans was brought in to oversee first-team training at Thorp Arch this morning, and has now been installed as the club’s new manager to create the most perfect pairing ever seen in football.

Rosler became Leeds’ fifth head coach in less than a year when he signed a two-year deal in May, but has paid the price for just two wins in 11 league games.

The former Manchester City striker had been out of work since being sacked by Wigan in November 2014. He had also spent two-and-a-half years in charge of Brentford.

Rosler appeared to have the full backing of Cellino and oversaw substantial investment in the first-team squad with striker Chris Wood, Stuart Dallas and more recently fellow winger Will Buckley among those arriving at the club.

Leeds started the season unbeaten in their first six matches and took 11 points from 11 league games under Rosler, but four defeats in their last five games have seen them slide down the table.

Saturday’s defeat to Brighton left Leeds without a home win in over seven months.

Cellino, who took control at Elland Road in April 2014, has fired previous managers Brian McDermott, David Hockaday, Darko Milanic and Redfearn.

The arrival of former Hull chairman Adam Pearson as Cellino’s right-hand man in the summer looked to have stabilised Leeds, but his recent departure for personal reasons left Rosler exposed.

It is understood Rosler’s assistant Rob Kelly and first-team coach Julian Darby have also left the club.

Evans left his previous role as Rotherham manager in September and enjoyed success during his three years at the club, masterminding a rise from League Two to the Championship, where he then kept them up last season.

Evans spoke last October about Cellino and appeared to rule out the possibility of working for such a hands-on chairman.

He told the Yorkshire Post: “If you are a Dave Hockaday, Darko Milanic or whoever you are – if you take the job under Massimo, you know the rules; he picks the players, you coach the players.

“My interest is the Millers and I pick the players, whether they come, whether they go and our chairman supports that. The minute he doesn’t support it, I go.

“That would be the way it works here and I get fantastic support. I can’t put enough words on it.”

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