Leeds boss Steve Evans claims three coaching greats have compared him to Sir Alex Ferguson

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Evans' temperament has drawn comparisons with the legendary Manchester United boss from two of his former assistants as well as an ex-Scotland manager.

Steve Evans has claimed that his fiery temperament has seen three coaching greats compare him to former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, the Daily Mail reports.

The Leeds boss has become famous for some of his antics on the touchline, and while he admitted that he was embarrassed about the occasions when his temper has boiled over, he suggested that it has led to some of Scotland's coaching elite to draw comparisons with the legendary Red Devils manager.

"You listen to people. We've all been guilty of getting sent off, and you think, 'I need to be better than this.' I've got two teenage daughters who I love more than life itself and they come to games," he told the Mail.

"Great managers aren't those who win, they're the ones who win and learn how to lose.

"When Sir Alex Ferguson was my age he didn't know how to lose. He learned that when he got towards 60. Many people in coaching have said it - Craig Brown, Archie Knox, Walter Smith - that I remind them so much of Sir Alex in his early 50s. That hunger, desire and passion to win."

While the comparisons seem far-fetched - with Evans never having worked in the Premier League - the men who are offering these opinions will arguably know better than anyone what characteristics enable a manager to be put in the same category as Ferguson.

Craig Brown is a former Scotland manager, while Walter Smith and Archie Knox have both worked under Ferguson as his assistant manager during their careers.

While Smith's spell at Old Trafford was brief, Knox began working with Ferguson at Aberdeen and would go on to join him when the 74-year-old moved to United in 1986. He would spend five years with the club before returning to Scotland to work under Smith at Rangers.

And although Leeds fans would prefer not to admit it - given the amount of success that Ferguson enjoyed with their bitter rivals - they wouldn't mind if Evans takes the Whites to a level where he is compared with Sir Alex much more often.

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