Neil Warnock could play unlikely role in latest Leeds United soap opera

If he can hang on until then, defeat to Neil Warnock's Rotherham would surely spell the end for Steve Evans at Leeds.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans' future is the subject of speculation after two heavy defeats in the past five matches.

Three wins in between have reportedly done little to curry favour with owner Massimo Cellino, who saw the club lose 4-0 to Brighton and 4-1 at home to Huddersfield

Evans told the Yorkshire Evening Post it was business as usual at Leeds despite the rumours, and he is busy preparing his side for their next fixture.

It is one he dare not lose, away to local rivals Rotherham United, managed by former Leeds United manager Neil Warnock.

Leeds have had a poor record in derby games this season, losing to Rotherham at Elland Road (before beating them in the FA Cup), gaining just one point out of six against Sheffield Wednesday, and hammered 4-1 at home to Huddersfield at the weekend despite winning away to the Terriers earlier in the season.

A win away to Rotherham will offset some of those losses, but a defeat will increase dissatisfaction among supporters and potentially the owner.

Neil Warnock is currently presiding in Evans' old Rotherham post, and had not been expected to be back in football management at all, before being talked back into taking over from ex-Leeds boss Neil Redfearn at the Millers after he was fired earlier this year.

Former Sheffield United and Crystal Palace boss Warnock has been a big success at Rotherham. He has led the team to four wins and a draw from their last five games, beating play-off contenders Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town.

The visit of an inconsistent Leeds side will hold no fear for Rotherham, and if Warnock gets one over on his old side, it could be the straw that breaks the camel's back in regards to Evans' future at Elland Road.

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