Rosler and Evans both mentioned this man after becoming Leeds boss

Elland Road Revie Stand

Leeds United managers past and present appeared to take inspiration from the man now in charge at Liverpool.

What a funny few days it has been at Leeds United, with Uwe Rosler sacked following the 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion and replaced by former Rotherham United manager Steve Evans.

At first glance the two men are miles apart in their footballing philosophies, but both cited the same boss in their introductory interviews, even if they did so in different contexts.

When Rosler was unveiled as Leeds manager in the summer, he pledged he would bring a certain style of football to Elland Road – heavy metal football.

“I like very powerful, quick football,” Rosler told leedsunited.com in May. “Jurgen Klopp says ‘heavy metal’ so that sort of football.”

A few months later and Leeds owner Massimo Cellino told the Mirror that the style of play his former manager brought to the club was more akin to country music – a damning indictment of what he had seen over the previous few months.

And yet when Evans arrived for his own press conference, he too mentioned the newly-appointed Liverpool manager, although this time there was no promise that he would replicate his play.

“Look at the excitement now at Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp who can go in and win games,” Evans told the YEP. “Just give me an opportunity, that’s all I’m asking.”

Whatever Leeds fans think of Evans, he does deserve a chance as would any man who took charge of the club; but perhaps it is time for people to stop mentioning one of the most successful coaches in Europe in the last few years and instead focus on the task in hand.

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