Cellino comments on why he hated Steve Evans, explains imminent Leeds appointment

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Massimo Cellino has explained why Steve Evans will replace Uwe Rosler as Leeds manager.

Leeds United owner and chairman Massimo Cellino has told the Daily Mirror that he has chosen Steve Evans to replace Uwe Rosler at Elland Road because 'he is a fighter'.

After just two wins this season, Uwe Rosler has become the latest manager to receive the sack from trigger-happy Cellino, adding to Brian McDermott, David Hockaday, Darko Milanic and Neil Redfearn, who have also been fired by the Italian.

Rosler's fate was seemingly sealed after a 2-1 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, with Bobby Zamora' late winner handing Rosler the chop after just five months in the job.

Once again though, Cellino hasn't waited around to find his replacement. The Italian has confirmed to The Mirror that Steve Evans will come in and take the reins at Elland Road, who left Yorkshire rivals Rotherham United last month, with the Millers struggling themselves.

Ironically, Evans has been replaced by ex-Leeds boss Redfearn, and the Scot will now assume duties in Rosler's place after another incredible day under Cellino.

Now, speaking to The Mirror, Cellino has admitted he used to hate Evans because of the way his teams fight and play with passion - something he didn't get from Rosler - and believes he is the best man to take Leeds forward, with his appointment imminent.

"I used to hate him because he is a fighter," said Cellino. "I didn't like playing against him because he gives his teams his personality. He's a tough coach and I want that character in our team. He manages with passion and our team has not been playing with passion. I wanted them to play heavy rock-football, but instead it was like Country music," he added.

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