Forget Evans, Gus Poyet is the manager Leeds United should have appointed

Gus Poyet Brighton

Forget Steve Evans, Gus Poyet is the man Leeds United should have appointed.

Leeds United stunned everybody earlier this week by naming Steve Evans as a replacement for Uwe Rosler.

Rosler's fate was inevitable, with the side looking uninspired and on a losing streak despite being backed in the transfer market in the summer. 

The Evans appointment is less so, with the former Rotherham boss a spiky personality who does not have the pedigree of other potential candidates.

The stand out name perhaps, of out work managers with a more proven track record, would be former Uruguayan international Gus Poyet.

Poyet available after being sacked by Sunderland earlier this year, despite having helped them stave off relegation from the Premier League a year earlier after the Paolo di Canio disaster.

A former assistant at Leeds United under Dennis Wise, he is a manager who would be familiar at Elland Road, indeed his departure from the Whites coincided with the club's up until then strong season taking a backwards step.

He has shown he can help a team achieve promotion too, having taken Brighton from League One to the Championship, and leading the Seagulls into the Championship play-offs the following season.

The Mirror reported earlier this year that Poyet was among the names Evans was considering as a replacement for Neil Redfearn, and revisiting that interest would have been a savvy move by the Italian.

Poyet may of course have been approached, and rejected Leeds' advances, and considering the strife at the club - who can blame him - but he not only would have been a better choice than Rosler, he would have been the right man to appoint now instead of Evans too.

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