Another month, another Leeds boss relieved of his duties. It seems that the dugout at Elland Road has a hidden trap door, and Uwe Rosler is the latest tactician to fall foul of the harsh laws of gravity under owner Massimo Cellino, with the Italian having sacked the German this morning.
It’s widely being claimed that former Rotherham boss Steve Evans is set to step into the void, and despite his decent record in charge of the Millers, opinion is, shall we say, divided among Whites fans. Many followers of the Yorkshire club are a little bemused that the controversial 52-year-old is in the frame, but perhaps its time to get on board with the idea… and here are FIVE reasons why.
Although Evans’ off-field character is seen as an issue by some, it’s hard to argue with his record in the Football League. Successive promotions from League Two to the Championship with Rotherham is not mean feat, and keeping the Millers in the second tier last term was impressive given their resources and a three-point handicap.
Prior to his Rotherham reign, Evans also enjoyed some success with Boston United and Crawley Town – he got the latter from the Conference to the fourth tier.
Leeds need stability. Everyone knows it. Perhaps Evans may not be the right man for the long-term job (who is under Cellino), but the club will not know unless they try. Given his record with Rotherham, promotion to the Premier League at some point is a possibility.
On the flip side of the longevity point, if Leeds fans really don’t like him, he probably won’t be around for long anyway! Rosler was the club’s fifth manager in just over 12 months, following the appointments, and sackings, of Neil Redfearn, Darko Milanic, Neil Hockaday and Brian McDermott.
With the lifespan of a Leeds manager akin to that of a WWII fighter pilots, chances are he will not even see Christmas at Elland Road!
Although Leeds are only three points clear of the drop zone in the Championship, the close nature of the division and the fact only 11 games have been played means that a decent run could see the club play their way into play-off contention. As it stands, nine points separate the Whites from the fabled spots, and if Evans can get a run together, a lot could change in a short space of time.
Former managers have a habit of looking to ex-players as signings, so perhaps a few of Rotherham’s stars may be transfer possibilities. Cash isn’t in plentiful supply at Elland Road, but with the Millers staring at relegation this season, maybe the likes of Danny Ward, Matt Derbyshire or Danny Collins could be lured away in January.