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Micky Gray reacts to Steve Evans' appointment at Leeds

Former Leeds man Gray has questioned how Evans was appointed head coach.

Evans was named head coach of Leeds United on Monday, and Micky Gray reacted to his appointment whilst speaking on talkSPORT.

Gray said: “So when Steve Evans goes into that club, he’s be rubbing his hands together, because it’s a great club to take on. This is what I don’t get: how a manager can do terrible at one job, and then go and jump into a bigger job. I don’t get where the motives can be in that. Surely you go for the best manager for the job at that period of time.”

Gray certainly highlights the main issue with Evans being appointed at Elland Road; just what has he done to deserve the job?

He has an impressive record of promotions in the lower divisions of the Football League and Conference, and did well to keep Rotherham in the Championship last season despite their financial limitations, but he has never achieved anything at this level.

And managing Leeds is an entirely different type of job, considering the size of the club and the pressure that comes with working at Elland Road.

Evans was given time to build something at Rotherham, seeing them into the second division, but if things get off to a bad start at Leeds, Evans could be out of a job before the end of the year.

Gray has questioned how Evans has been named head coach considering his reputation, and the two-time loanee believes that Massimo Cellino should be looking to hire the best manager for the club at that period of time - and Evans does not look like that man.

We will have to wait and see just how Evans does as manager of Leeds, but it is hard to disagree with Gray’s opinion of his hiring at Elland Road.

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