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Steve Evans explains why he is thankful to Neil Redfearn

Steve Evans has been appointed as the new Leeds United head coach.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has told the club’s official website that he is thankful to Neil Redfearn.

Redfearn, now in charge of Evans’ former club Rotherham United, was the Head of Academy at Leeds for a number of years.

The 50-year-old was the first-team head coach of the Whites from November 2014 until the end of the 2014-15 season.

Evans has said that he is thankful to Redfearn for bringing through a number of talented young players with whom he is excited to work.

“We’ve already got very good players here when you look at the squad and break it down,” the 52-year-old told Leeds’ official website.

“The wonderful thing is, thanks to people like Neil Redfearn, there are some really talented youngsters.

"But their confidence is pretty low at the minute and that comes from not winning. It comes from perhaps not being picked in the side."

It is great of Evans to acknowledge the hard work done by Redfearn, who parted company with Leeds in the summer.

Leeds do have some of the most promising young players in the Championship, such as Alex Mowatt, Sam Byram and Lewis Cook.

Evans’ job at Elland Road is not easy, and he will have to hit the ground running in order to prove that he is an able replacement for Uwe Rosler.

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