Steve Evans has a great opportunity at 'massive' Leeds United, says Gerry Francis

Elland Road

New Leeds United manager Steve Evans has been handed an enormous opportunity to make his mark, according to Gerry Francis.

Evans succeeded Uwe Rosler at Elland Road earlier this week to become the sixth manager of the club since 2013, with owner Massimo Cellino's reputation as a trigger-happy custodian being fully justified already during his short stint in English football.

Rosler, who only joined Leeds back in July, was given his marching orders after Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion, which sees the side currently sitting 19th in England's second tier.

The sacking seems harsh on Rosler given the circumstances of the game against the Seagulls, with Bobby Zamora's 89th-minute winner condemning the home side to the defeat.

The German won just two of his dozen matches at the club, but the fact that he was afforded such a short amount of time in which to try and impose his ideas on the club only highlights the ruthless and often scattergun approach to ownership that Cellino adopts.

However, with Rosler now gone, an opportunity has arisen for ex-Crawley Town boss Evans, and the new man arrives with a reputation as a brash and often abrasive boss, but Francis, who is now a coach with West Bromwich Albion, thinks that Leeds' new boss can seize his chance at a "massive club".

“He’s got a big task ahead of him, but what an opportunity for him too!" Francis told Sky Sports News as part of Wednesday's 'Morning View'. "Obviously Leeds is a massive club with massive expectations come with that situation but it is a brilliant club.

“You can see how excited he is to have that opportunity. It is difficult, but he’s got most of the season to try and sort it out."

Francis, however, did reserve a word for the sacked Rosler, and the Albion coach said that the former boss was not given anywhere near enough time to implement his ideas at Elland Road.

He added: “I’m just a bit surprised at what has gone on with Leeds over the last few years. A manager [only] getting eight or 12 games to show what he can do is nowhere near enough.”

Evans, who was keen to demand a fair chance from supporters and Cellino alike in his unveiling press conference earlier this week, begins life as the new Leeds boss against Fulham on Wednesday night.

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