Steve Evans denies knowing about Leeds United opening when leaving Rotherham

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United appointed Steve Evans at the start of the week.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told the Football League 72 podcast that he had no idea that the job at Elland Road would become available after he departed Rotherham United.

Evans left Rotherham at the end of September, but within three weeks he was appointed as Leeds boss, meaning that he was not out of work for long.

However, the 52-year-old denies knowing that there was a potential opening at Leeds, as he felt Uwe Rosler would be in charge for the long-term. 

"No, absolutely not. Football people were looking at Leeds making a slow start, but absolutely not," he responded, when asked whether he knew the Leeds job was available when he left Rotherham.

"I think everyone thought, looking in, that he [Uwe Rosler] would be there for a period of time, because everyone thought the one thing that Leeds did need was a manager that would be there was a long time, and some stability.

"You only get stability as a manager if you have a track record that produces winning football, though."

Leeds had promised to build for the long-term with Rosler, but things didn't go to plan under the German's leadership. 

Rosler only guided Leeds to two victories in 11 Championship matches, and he left with the club languishing in 18th place in the table.

Evans has a task on his hands to guide the Whites back up the division, but he has made an encouraging start to life at Elland Road.

Leeds put in a good performance against Fulham in midweek, although they only picked up a 1-1 draw in the fixture. 

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