Steve Evans was named Leeds United head coach last week.
Evans replaced Uwe Rosler as Leeds United’s head coach last week, and Liam Cooper has discussed his early training sessions with the club’s official audioBoom channel, also revealing the message that Evans gives to his players before every game.
Cooper said: “As players you’ve just got to be professional in yourselves, obviously we lost the manager, but we’ve just got to do out job on the football pitch. He’s [Evans] been good with the players. He just wants to train at a high tempo, and really get stuck in to our opponent. That’s the last message he leaves with us before we go out onto the pitch - just to have a right go and leave everything on the pitch.”
Evans has only had a small impact since taking charge of the Whites, drawing his opening two games, but he will be hoping to improve upon that this evening when Leeds take on Blackburn Rovers.
It is Evans' first game in charge of Leeds at Elland Road, and considering the poor form Leeds have endured at home in recent months, now would be the perfect time to pick up his first win as head coach.
Cooper has explained the impact Evans has had at Leeds since taking charge, claiming that he has brought a higher tempo to training, and is suggesting that the players need to be more physical in games and get stuck in to their opponents more.
Under Rosler there was an apparent lack of fight in games, and Evans has looked to resolve this in his early days in charge, telling his players to ‘have a right go’ when they take to the field.
It is still early days in Evans’ reign at Elland Road, and it will take longer until judging whether he has had an impact upon his players. But from the early signs, it appears as if Evans is going about his job with Leeds in the correct manner.