Steve Evans admits disagreements with Paul Raynor, explains his key coaching duties

Elland Road pitchside

Steve Evans has opened up on his relationship with Leeds assistant Paul Raynor.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told The Scottish Sun that he does regularly disagree with his assistant Paul Raynor.

The Whites' 2-2 draw with Derby County means that they have now gone six games unbeaten, with manager Evans making considerable steps forward now.

Evans has impressed so far, with matters on the pitch improving steadily, whilst off the pitch, the influence of Massimo Cellino appears to be diminishing.

Another big factor off the pitch is assistant manager Paul Raynor, who joined up with Evans again having worked as his right-hand man at Boston, Crawley and Rotherham before reuniting at Elland Road.

The former Swansea and Preston star is seen patrolling the sidelines alongside manager Evans, and plays a key role in coaching, according to the Scottish boss.

Speaking to The Scottish Sun, Evans stated that he gives Raynor the responsibilities in training, enabling him to plan sessions and get the Leeds players ready for games.

"I would say he fills in the gaps. I also particularly give him the responsibility for coaching," said Evans. "I outline what I’m looking for from the players in training, individually and then collectively, and he creates sessions which provide that. Paul plans sessions to be full of variety. What you don’t want is the players feeling everything’s becoming too predictable. He makes sure that doesn’t happen."

The two have worked together for over ten years, but Evans also stated that he does have regular disagreements with Raynor, but acknowledges that those disagreements are always for the good of whichever club they manage.

"I’d say regularly, but again I’d stress it’s not a negative or a big problem between us. Football’s a game of opinions. I don’t have a problem with Paul offering his. But ultimately we have to work together on a certain strategy. We’ll watch players and matches and decide on our approach for every fixture. Of course, I’m the manager and ultimately it will be my call on things. But I greatly respect Paul’s knowledge. If we disagree it’s always about football and never ever gets out of hand," he added.

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