Steve Evans praises Leeds United fans and Neil Redfearn

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Steve Evans took his Rotherham United side to face Leeds United over the weekend.

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans has told the Yorkshire Post that it was an honour to lead his side at Elland Road over the weekend.

Rotherham drew 0-0 with Leeds on Saturday and, although the game will not live long in many supporters' memories, Evans says that is was a special occasion.

The boisterous boss enjoyed guiding his team at such an iconic ground and he has thanked the Leeds fans for creating such a good atmosphere in the fixture.

“Thanks to the Leeds United supporters," he said. "To lead a team here and the atmosphere was electric. They are a special group."

His comments highlight the reputation that Leeds still hold in English football, despite their struggles in recent years.

Leeds have been outside the top-flight since 2004, but their historic success means that they are still considered to be one of the biggest sides in the country.

Unfortunately for the Whites, their chances of returning to the Premier League look slim at the moment, with so much uncertainty surrounding the club.

The takeover of Massimo Cellino has created a lot of off-the-field headlines and manager Neil Redfearn's future is still up in the air.

Redfearn's contract expires in the summer and Evans has urged Leeds to offer him an extension to his current terms.

“It was a touching moment when I heard the fans singing Neil’s name at the end,” he added.

“If those fans could Sellotape or glue somebody to the managers’ chair, it would be Neil.

“I sincerely hope the powers above him don’t go down the road of bringing in another self-proclaimed ‘top-class manager’ when they have got Neil Redfearn in the building."

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