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Steve Evans jokes about how long he'll last at Leeds but simultaneously inspires players

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The Leeds United manager has acknowledged the risk involved in becoming the club's manager.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans showed he had a sense of humour when he acknowledged the managerial merry-go-round at Elland Road in a recent interview with the BBC.

On Wednesday evening, the former Rotherham United boss took charge of the Whites for the first time since replacing Uwe Rosler for the Championship clash with Fulham, and while a 1-1 draw was not the perfect result it was certainly a step in the right direction.

Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live after the clash at Craven Cottage, Evans said, “I told the players tongue in cheek I had a contract until Friday and said they would leave before then if they did not give me passion.”

Such has been Leeds owner Massimo Cellino’s treatment of certain managers during his time at Elland Road that the jokes about just how long Evans would remain at the helm started even before his official unveiling…and it is interesting that the man himself has seemingly bought into the craziness.

There is never a dull moment at Leeds but there are also few dull moments when Evans is around and it may well be that this is actually something akin to a match made in heaven.

Only time will tell, but by joking to his players Evans still got his message across: passion and fighting spirit win football matches, and there has not been enough of that at Elland Road so far this season.

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