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New Leeds manager Steve Evans compares Massimo Cellino to Tony Stewart

Steve Evans has noted just how passionate Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is.

New Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told Sky Sports' FL72 podcast that Massimo Cellino is similar to his former Rotherham United chairman Tony Stewart in some ways.

Evans was surprisingly appointed as Leeds boss on Monday following the shock sacking of Uwe Rosler, with the German becoming the fifth manager to lose his job under Cellino.

The Scot got off to a solid start with a 1-1 draw away at Fulham on Wednesday night, and will now be looking to build on that point when Leeds take on Bolton Wanderers this weekend.

It has long been said that few managers would want to work under trigger-happy Italian Cellino, who has earned a reputation for sacking managers like no other owner in football, but Evans jumped at the chance to move to Elland Road having left Rotherham United last month.

Speaking to Sky Sports' FL72 podcast, Evans praised Cellino's passion for the game, having been asked whether he was in any way similar to his former Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart - a far more reserved man than the exuberant Cellino.

"They are very similar in many ways," said Evans. "Behind the scenes, Tony Stewart was a very passionate man, and how he displays that passion is a little bit different to how Mr. Cellino does. The one thing that I've learned, and I've only been here a few days with Mr. Cellino, and three-and-a-half years with Tony Stewart, is that both are very passionate. But you know the most important thing is? Both want to win," he added.

Cellino's passion for football isn't in question, as Evans has found out very quickly, but his judgement over managers is what Leeds fans have a problem with - and having sacked so many managers in just over a year, the hope is that Evans can finally stabilise Leeds this season.

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