Richard Wood speaks positively about Steve Evans' recruitment policy, discusses his management style

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Wood played under the Leeds United manager at Rotherham United.

Rotherham United's Richard Wood has given a positive endorsement of Steve Evans' management style, and praised the Leeds United manager's recruitment policy in particular.

Many of Evans' signings, including Wood himself, are behind the relegation battlers' recent run of form, which has seen them pick up 10 points from their last 12 available.

Even though Wood regularly struggled for games during the Scot's time at the New York Stadium, the defender spoke positively about his former boss in an interview with Alan Biggs for Sheffield Live TV on Thursday.

"What do you want me to say about that (laughs)?" Wood replied when quizzed about Evans. "To be honest, as one-to-one, I got on very well with him. We always had chats in his office because I wasn’t playing. He’s definitely different - there's a different way of managing that he's got but it seems to work. And for some reason, whatever club he’s been at... it’s got results."

Leeds are on the verge of recording four straight wins for the first time in six years against Huddersfield on Saturday, and when asked why it is that Evans always seems to get the best out of his players - despite not being universally popular - Wood explained: "He signed good pros, he signed good players and good pros. That’s how I see it at Rotherham.

"The lads that we had or that we’ve still got as well, they were all very good pros - no bad eggs, nobody not training hard, nobody not wanting to win games. It’s all togetherness and team spirit and that’s what helped and that’s what helped Steve Evans - he knew what he was doing, he knew who he was signing."

Evens, though, has made only a handful of signings during his time at Elland Road - Liam Bridcutt, Mustapha Carayol and Toumani Diagouraga - and Wood suggested that a fear of getting a rollicking off the 53-year-old could be behind Leeds' recent good run.

"(He's) as you expect - you can see him on the touchline," the 30-year-old added. "When you see him on the touchline going crazy, that’s how he is in the dressing room. Not all the time, but when things are going against you, that’s when he gets you - and you definitely know about it!

"That’s what made the team do so well, because you know you’re going to get a rollicking off him - you know he’s going to go mad at you. There’s that edge to it where it made us get results. That’s what he’s good at."

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