Craig Brown makes comparison between Sir Alex Ferguson and Leeds boss Steve Evans

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Leeds boss Evans has been on the end of some high praise.

Evans was named Leeds boss last week, and he has been compared to one of the greats of the game by Craig Brown, who was speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Brown, who managed Evans at Clyde, said: “Sir Alex Ferguson once talked about the importance of managing up as well as managing down. A lot of managers can handle players and keep their team in order but these days you need to be able to deal and communicate with the people above you. Steve seemed to have no problem with that at Rotherham.”

Ferguson knew the importance of managing both up and down, as he was a master at it, and Brown believes that Evans is similar in the sense that he can deal with both his players and the staff above him.

He was well liked by Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart, but was also respected by his players, meaning that there were never any confrontations anywhere throughout the side.

In his short time at Leeds, Evans looks to be fulfilling the same role as he was at Rotherham, earning the respect and trust of his players, whilst seemingly keeping a strong relationship with Massimo Cellino.

Ferguson mastered the art of keeping everyone in line at Manchester United, preventing those above him from interfering with on pitch matters, whilst also preventing any player from overstepping the line.

If Evans can continue this sort of work at Leeds, the boss could be an inspired appointment. For far too long Leeds have suffered due to interference and mismanagement all throughout the club, and Evans looks to be the man who can get everything in line once and for all.

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