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Manager Watch: Grading Steve Evans' work at Leeds United so far

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The Leeds head coach has achieved two draws, three wins and three losses in his opening eight games at Elland Road.

When Steve Evans guided Leeds United to their first back-to-back wins of the season before the international break, it was easy to heap praise on the Scot.

Simple management seems to be the key to the 53-year-old's mantra.

But defeats to Rotherham United and Queens Park Rangers brought some people back down to Earth and reminded them Evans isn't the Messiah.

The way Leeds bounced back v Hull City, though, once again swung momentum. Perhaps the truth is that Evans is good enough to achieve some results - especially with the current squad available to him - but will always suffer a degree of inconsistency at Elland Road.

When it comes to grading Evans' work so far, then, it's not that straightforward. There have been several things he has done well: motivating Alex Mowatt, utilising Mirco Antenucci and the like.

During a couple of United's games, though, there has still been criticism leveled at the 53-year-old that he is too resistant to change and too unwilling to drop certain players.

There is definite promise with Evans. The Scot's no-nonsense attitude and defiance in the face of both controversy and the prospect of lengthy losing runs bode well. Whether he is the man to take Leeds further is another question.

He isn't perfect and, like Neil Redfearn before him, Evans could suffer in that he is too straight talking, especially with an owner like Massimo Cellino. It looks as though relegation won't be an issue with the current boss - but there may similarly be a limit to how far United can go under him.

Verdict: B

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