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Noel Whelan reacts to Steve Evans’ appointment at Leeds

Leeds legend Whelan has commented on Steve Evans being appointed Leeds boss.

Evans was named head coach of Leeds today to replace the sacked Uwe Rosler, and Noel Whelan has reacted to the news when speaking to BBC Radio Leeds.

When asked if Evans can be a success with Leeds, Whelan said: “Only time will tell, he’s not a lot of people’s cup of tea. But it seems to me as if this is something that has been in the pipeline before today. It would have been a bit of a shock to fans waking up today to hear Steve will be Leeds manager.”

Evans was a surprising choice to name head coach of the Whites considering his less than stellar career.

His greatest success has been winning the League One play-offs in the 2013/14 season, whilst he has also won League Two and the Conference earlier in his career.

He kept Rotherham in the Championship last season, but left in September, and arrives at Leeds looking to push them further up the Championship table after a stuttering start to the season.

The Whites currently sit in 18th place in the league table after 11 games, having picked up just two victories, and Evans really needs to be achieving a top half finish.

There may be no ambitions of achieving promotion this season, but president Massimo Cellino will hardly want to see his team in the bottom half of the table, and Evans has his work cut out to achieve that aim.

He will be aware that Cellino has a trigger finger when it comes to managers, and Evans will need to be at the top of his game if he wants to keep his job for more than a few months.

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