Is Evans' time at Leeds worryingly similar to Tim Sherwood's at Villa?

Tim Sherwood Press Conference 12/02/2014

The Leeds head coach resembles the former Aston Villa boss with his style of management.

When Steve Evans came to Leeds United, he brought some much-needed energy to a struggling side.

Evans was a big talker, he told players how things really are; he was bold and blunt - both within the club and to the press.

But, as time has passed, that initial surge of energy the Scot brought to Leeds has dwindled. Form is poor and some of Evans' team selections bewildering. The more he talks, meanwhile, the more some fans criticise him. His big claims are less and less well-received when they aren't backed up by substance.

Does that remind you of anyone? Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa, perhaps?

When Sherwood came to Villa, he was lauded for being a breath of fresh air. Paul Lambert had the Midlands side playing dour football for years and Sherwood brought the Harry Redknapp approach: attack, attack, attack and just give it some welly.

As time passed, however, Aston Villa fans began to realise Sherwood doesn't actually know the first thing about tactics, while his team selections were often very bizarre and puzzling indeed.

Yes, the club was a mess - he wasn't helped there. Unfortunately for Evans, though, so are Leeds.

That's not to say Evans will end up unceremoniously axed like Sherwood (although, with Massimo Cellino, the odds would point in that direction, anyway). But the point about a lack of substance stands.

The Leeds boss is now emphasising the need for time and a good window. Yet, if he makes it that far and continues to struggle after reshaping the team, he may well end up going the way of Sherwood at Aston Villa.

Even worse for the Scot would be if the poor form continues at Elland Road this season. It's up to him to stop talking and start producing, even if it's just to improve the football on show for United's loyal paying supporters.

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