The Leeds head coach got the best out of his squad at times last season - but this term's is an upgrade.
Neil Redfearn will be remembered by most (perhaps not all) as a coach who saved Leeds United from relegation last season, got the best out of what was available to him - but couldn't necessarily take them to the next level.
After Uwe Rosler's ill-fated spell at Elland Road, though, it would be safe to rank Redfearn above the German in terms of his ability to succeed with the Yorkshire club.
Steve Evans is another matter. The Scot has guided Leeds to back-to-back wins and appears to already be winning round plenty of his critics.
His no-nonsense approach, experience and confident persona might give him something Redfearn could never quite have - as someone predominantly known for his work with youth players.
But one key question Leeds fans should ask themselves is: how would the 50-year-old do in charge of United's current squad?
Indeed, there were a few square pegs in round holes last season and Redfearn constantly emphasised the need to strengthen.
Two positions he regularly spoke of were up front and out wide. Well, this term, Stuart Dallas, Jordan Botaka and Will Buckley have all come in out wide, while Chris Wood was signed as a centre-forward over the summer.
Redfearn was famed for getting the best out of Leeds' younger players, while he also worked well with Sol Bamba and his back line.
While Evans could do very well at Elland Road, then, there is something about him that's similar to one of his predecessors and, with the current squad at his disposal, Redfearn may well succeeded, too.