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Leeds boss Evans unimpressed with Redfearn comments

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Steve Evans has responded to comments about the Rotherham United squad.

Leeds United and Rotherham United will clash this weekend, and the current managers are in opposite positions to the ones they held in May when the two sides last met.

Neil Redfearn has gone from becoming Leeds head coach to now in charge of Rotherham, while Steve Evans has made a switch in the opposite direction.

Evans left Rotherham earlier this season, and is proud of leaving the club in a better position than when he took over the club in League Two.

Redfearn has been strengthening the Rotherham squad since he took over, signing Leon Best and Brandon Barker, and is still looking for his first win.

Evans told BBC Radio Sheffield he regards Redfearn as a friend and will share a drink with him after the match at Elland Road, but thinks little of his comments suggesting the Rotherham squad is low on quality.

The Leeds boss said: "Well I didn't read it [his comments about the squad] in the first two weeks when he went in. I read it when a couple of results have gone against them.

"I looked at Neil's press conference when he talked about the quality within the group, that's for him to decide. If it's not there any more, that's for him to work out why, because he's a clever guy."

Evans added: "We left a squad of players that went to Birmingham City and won 2-0, very comfortably. You sort of think you are leaving them with a decent squad, but what other people think of that is opinion, that's what football is."

Redfearn is entitled to his assessment, as is Evans, but what the new Rotherham boss saw and was initially encouraged by on the training pitch, may have left him feeling wanting after seeing them in games.

The ex-Leeds gaffer has a real challenge on his hands to turn their poor run of results around, and a win at Elland Road would be a memorable one for all sorts of reasons.

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