Evans at risk? One easy replacement for Cellino to appoint at Leeds

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Is Steve Evans' job at Leeds United at risk? Here is one easy replacement the club could appoint.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has a reputation for being ruthless with bosses, and it is hard to imagine he will have taken last night's shocking loss to Brighton well.

Leeds lost 4-0, conceding all four goals before half-time, and head coach Steve Evans did not speak to the media after the game, apparently at Cellino's request, reported SkySports.

The club have won only one of their last 11 Championship games, and sit in 17th in the table, Cellino's unlucky number.

So what if the Italian really does decide Steve Evans has no future at Leeds United?

There is one man who is a standout candidate for the job in the short-term, who is already at the club, academy boss Paul Hart.

Hart took up his academy role early this season and it is hard to see him wanting to be a full time boss, but Leeds should not want this for him either.

What they need is to simply get to the end of the season, and if Cellino impulsively decides Evans is not the man, Hart is a safe pair of hands to fulfil this temporary role and allow the owner to take his time having another attempt at finding a new permanent manager.

Hart has experience managing in tough circumstances, with spells at Nottingham Forest, Portsmouth and QPR among many others, and a short spell between now and the end of the season would not be beyond him.

The best part of Leeds hiring Hart would be that he would be willing to give young players a chance between now and the end of the season, knowing full well who is capable of stepping up from the academy.

With little to play for this is an area where Leeds could learn a few things about ther options heading into the summer, and should be what Evans seeks to do if he is kept on.

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