The former Leeds left-back visited the club yesterday.
The former left-back spent nine years with the club after heading over from Home Farm in his native Ireland.
He was part of the side that made the Champions League semi-finals and left in 2004. After spells with Levante, Sunderland, Blackpool, Carlisle United, Reading and Bournemouth the 38-year-old hung up his boots this summer and is now looking to work as a football agent.
Now Leeds United boss Steve Evans has revealed what Harte said to him when passing through at Leeds yesterday.
Evans told BBC West Yorkshire Sport:
"If we don't strengthen in January and we are ultimately weakened there is no point Steve Evans coming and living in Leeds and wanting to make this his life.
"I have had three years living in Rotherham where it became my life but we built something. We built a club from League Two to the Championship - I want to build a club here that gives the supporters the right to be in the Barclays Premier League.
"I've just met Ian Harte coming through the building. He just used the words to me he 'feels for me' perhaps he's looking at it as a total, is that team good enough to challenge? No. But if we strengthen properly it will be."
A lot of people probably feel for Evans at the moment. He has to deal with the constant speculation surrounding the club in the media and this week has handled reports regarding the 'pie-tax' and that Massimo Cellino had put the entire team up for sale.
Harte certainly knows something about the troubles that can strike at Leeds, he was with the club when they first hit financial trouble and was in the team relegated from the Premier League last.
Evans will now be hoping to put those off-field issues to one side for the tough encounter with Hull City tomorrow afternoon.