Rotherham United defender Grant Ward explains what Neil Redfearn is better at than Leeds United boss Steve Evans

New York Stadium interior, Rotherham

Leeds United parted ways with Neil Redfearn at the end of last season, and they now have Steve Evans in charge.

Grant Ward has informed Shoot that there is a big difference between Neil Redfearn’s and Steve Evans’ managerial styles.

Ward has played under both managers at Rotherham United, and he believes that Redfearn takes the pressure off his players, better than Evans did.

“He’s brought in a bit more stability to the side,” Ward said.

“I also think there’s a bit less pressure with him, which helps because I can express myself a bit more. He works a bit more with the shape of the team as we’re 4-4-2 now, and in training we do more possession type drills like I’m used to back at Tottenham. I’ve enjoyed playing under him.”

Evans left Rotherham back in October, and he went on to join Leeds United shortly after. 

His replacement at the New York Stadium was Redfearn, and the current Millers boss also has links with Leeds.

Redfearn was in charge of Leeds’ youth for over a decade, before being promoted to first team manager last season.

During his time in charge of the Whites he had earned the support of most of the Leeds fans, but Massimo Cellino still decided to part ways with Redfearn at the end of the 2014/15 season.

Since Redfearn’s departure, Leeds’ fortunes have not improved – and they are currently in 17th place in the Championship table.

Redfearn, meanwhile, made a slow start at Rotherham, but he has guided them to victory in their last two fixtures.

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