Charlie Nicholas compares Leeds United boss Steve Evans to Everton manager Roberto Martinez

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Charlie Nicholas says that Leeds United boss Steve Evans reminds him of Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, which was broadcast on 20 February, that Leeds United boss Steve Evans reminds him of Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

Evans took over from Uwe Rosler back in October, with Leeds looking nervously over their shoulders at the relegation places.

The Whites have since moved a fair way clear of the drop zone, but their improvements have not been particularly remarkable.

Nicholas still feels that Evans is doing a credible job at Elland Road, though, especially as Sam Byram was sold in the January transfer window.

"I think he’s done quite well, to be honest," the former Arsenal player said. "Steve is very Martinez like - in the sense that he likes to talk up his team.

"He has had to fight against the owner, but his temperament and personality is carrying through at the moment.

"I think he’s done a fine job - losing Byram was a blow to him. But I think Evans isn’t everyones’ cup of tea, but I like him."

Is the Martinez comparison fair?

In truth, Evans could not have been further away from Martinez at this moment in time.

Martinez has spent most of this season deflecting the blame from his players, but Evans has pulled no punches in interviews.

Jordan Botaka has been publicly criticised this week, while Liam Cooper has also had doubts expressed over his ability.

Evans has also made no secret of the fact that he does not feel Leeds’ current squad can challenge for promotion, and wants to make numerous additions in the summer.

Indeed, Leeds fans have started to express concerns over Evans' ruthless comments in the media, and it makes the comparison seem a rather outlandish one from Nicholas. 

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