Do these Evans comments provide a thread of hope for Leeds fans?

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The new Leeds head coach admits he isn't everyone's cup of tea but he does have one thing working in his favour.

The sacking of Uwe Rosler naturally got plenty of attention on Monday morning. The Massimo Cellino circus continues - although most Leeds United fans seem to agree Rosler was heading nowhere.

His replacement is a whole different issue.

Indeed, Steve Evans is controversial and his track record questionable at best. But he is the new man Cellino has placed his faith in. And, until the next sacking, United fans will have to put up with him.

But some of Evans' comments upon joining the Yorkshire side will delight Leeds fans. They could even provide a thread of hope for those supporters who will rightly be expecting more poor form and yet more chaos.

After being confirmed as Rosler's successor, the former Rotherham boss spoke to LUTV of growing up on a council estate in Glasgow and being in awe of the legendary Leeds United sides of the past. He mentioned the likes of Peter Lorimer, Billy Bremner, Joe Jordan and more.

He said: "I was brought up on a council estate in Glasgow and I'm not going to be patronising to Leeds fans. Peter Lorimer, who I've just met for the first time, the Billy Bremners, Joe Jordans and Gordon McQueens are absolutely iconic. I've got a track record of being successful over the last few years. All I can ask the Leeds supporters is to give me the benefit of the doubt."

He sounded as though he had been transported back to his childhood and was watching the old Leeds in wonder.

And it means Evans truly knows the history of the club. With all respect to Uwe Rosler, Leeds couldn't possibly have meant as much to him. Of course, Evans' most recent comments about the club are a different matter - but not his feelings on the old Elland Road outfit.

It's a bit like Rafa Benitez wiping a joyful tear from his cheek after being appointed Real Madrid boss. Evans may fail miserably but his appreciation of what the Whites stand for, according to LUTV, is something that will stand him in good stead.

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