Leeds owner Massimo Cellino deciding to sack Steve Evans now would be as big a mistake as his decision to axe his predecessor

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Leeds fell to a 4-1 defeat to Huddersfield in their most recent Championship game.

A report in the Daily Mail has claimed that Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has run out of patience with current head coach Steve Evans, and is ready to sack the former Crawley boss. And if that proves to be the case, then the Italian has arguably made as big a mistake as he did when he decided to give Uwe Rosler his marching orders earlier in the campaign.

While results have not been perfect during Evans' tenure - the recent three game winning streak was sandwiched between a 4-0 loss to Brighton and a 4-1 defeat to Huddersfield - he has arguably done enough during his first months in charge to earn more time.

The former Rotherham boss surely deserves a full summer window to have an input on the incomings and outgoings that he feels are going to help the Whites mount a promotion charge next season, as barring the acquisitions of Liam Bridcutt and Toumani Diagouraga, he is working with the squad that previous managers have put together.

While Evans deserves more time however, Rosler's sacking earlier in the campaign proves that the Italian is willing to be ruthless if he feels the club are not moving in the right direction. 

Under Rosler, the team started in unspectacular fashion, winning just two of their opening 11 games in the Championship. However, the German had introduced a new system that was always going to take time to become second nature to the squad, and the only defeats United experienced during his tenure came against sides that are now in contention for either the play-off positions or automatic promotion. 

Since the new year, Evans has only overseen five defeats in the league, with three of those coming against sides that are heading into the final part of the season still with a hope of making it to the Premier League.

While some of the performances have been extremely woeful - in particular, the Brighton and Huddersfield games - Evans has certainly instilled a belief in the team that with the right additions in the summer, they are capable of making it to the top flight, and that has inspired them to some impressive wins, and briefly saw them move into the top half of the division. 

However, if Cellino does decide to sack another head coach, then - much like when Rosler left - the groundwork for a promotion bid will have to be laid yet again by the next manager, who will have to get the balance right between planning for the future and making sure results are good enough in the short-term so that he is the one to see the plan through.

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