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Former Leeds United man Simon Walton jokes about Steve Evans' legacy at Crawley Town

The midfielder says he can't repeat most people's opinions of Steve Evans at Crawley.

Steve Evans is the current Leeds United manager after replacing Uwe Rosler earlier in the season. Massimo Cellino was a fan of the Scotsman's work at Rotherham United and decided to give him a shot at Elland Road as he was out of work himself after stepping down with The Millers.

Evans has built a solid reputation in the game. He took Rotherham United from League Two to The Championship in two years and had previously worked wonders at Crawley Town.

One former Leeds United midfielder, who is now with Crawley, has been speaking about the legacy Evans left at Broadfield Stadium this week.

Simon Walton was tipped for big things when he emerged at Leeds, making his first-team debut as a 16-year-old.

He never quite made the grade at Elland Road and left for Charlton Athletic in 2006 but he is still a massive fan of the club.

He was asked about Evans' legacy at Crawley on BBC Radio West Yorkshire this week and had this to say:

"I can't really repeat what a lot of people say about him down here to be honest.

"He obviously did very well for the club he got them up into League One.

"So he had a good stint down here."

Evans took over with the Red Devils when they were in the Conference and took them to promotion in 2010 before leading the club in another promotion campaign the following season - as Crawley finished third and were promoted to League One.

However, he actually left the club before the end of that season to take the job at league rivals Rotherham United and during his time at the club he was often banned and sent to the stands for his antics on the sidelines.

It is fair to say he was a marmite gaffer come the end of his stint in West Sussex and time will tell how he is remembered at Leeds.

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