A sign of stagnation? Evans' latest comments mirror Redfearn's 10 months ago

Neil Redfearn

Almost word for word, the current Leeds boss is speaking just like his predecessor was last season. So much for any hope of progress...

April 2015, Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn tells reporters: "I've been asked to do a job and I've done the job to the best of my ability.

"My remit was to keep Leeds United in the Championship - I've done that.

February 2016, Leeds United boss Steve Evans tells reporters: "The one thing that I don’t forget is that when I first accepted the job at Leeds United, I had one remit from the owner - to stay up.

"Because everyone, including a lot of Leeds United supporters who I have known for years, thought they were going down."

Do you see a difference? Different manager yet same story at Leeds.

Indeed, for all of Evans' talk of promotion next season, the Scot has ultimately reverted to type with his recent quotes to the press.

It's a sign of stagnation. In a year, Leeds haven't gone anywhere. Evans may suggest promotion is on the cards if United get the right players next term.

But, surprise, surprise, Redfearn said the exact same over the summer. He promised big improvements if several of his targets were brought to Elland Road.

Has Evans run out of ideas? Is he out of hope? To defend himself by suggesting he's kept Leeds up after discussing the play-offs for several weeks isn't exactly promising.

At this moment in time, staying up seems like all United can offer under Massimo Cellino and his long line of managers.

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