Leeds' Liam Cooper offers opinion on honest Steve Evans, responds to recent speculation

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Liam Cooper says Leeds manager Steve Evans is a 'good motivator'.

Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has been quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post as saying that he thinks manager Steve Evans is 'honest'.

The Whites went into the international break having lost 4-1 to Huddersfield Town, and speculation surrounded Evans' position throughout last week.

First, the Daily Mail claimed that chairman Massimo Cellino had already decided to replace Evans this summer, despite only appointing the Scot as Uwe Rosler's replacement back in October.

Then, the Daily Mail also reported that Cellino has lined up a possible replacement for Evans, having made his fellow Italian Fabio Cannavaro - a former World Cup winner with Italy in 2006 - a prime target for the position once Evans goes.

Evans remains in the job ahead of this weekend's game against his former club Rotherham United, and he has been defended by one his players.

Defender Liam Cooper, 24, has been quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post as saying that Evans is an 'honest manager' and a good motivator, and the players are currently buying into his approach.

Cooper also responded to the recent speculation, stating that whilst he understands the media's interest in Leeds, the squad are attempting to ignore all the rumours and simply focus on playing, with Cooper set to make his Scotland debut against Denmark this evening.

"He’s just an honest manager, he’s a good motivator," said Cooper. "He gets the boys up for the game. He’s honest with us, he keeps us going all the time and we just buy into that."

"Of course I understand the level of interest in the club. It’s a massive club and obviously the media are interested in everything. We just concentrate on what we’ve got to do on the pitch, we turn a blind eye to what’s going on off the pitch. We try to do our best for the club, the supporters and the management staff," he added.

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