Leeds boss Steve Evans explains how he has lasted so long

Elland Road

The Scot will take charge of his 34th Leeds game in the visit of Reading.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans is set to become the club's longest-serving head coach in Massimo Cellino's era at Elland Road.

The Italian president is certainly not afraid to wield the axe, with Evans being his sixth appointment in a ruthless two-year reign at the Yorkshire club.

The Scot, who replaced Uwe Rosler in October, will surpass Neil Redfearn's record of 33 games in charge this afternoon for the visit of Reading today.

Interestingly, he comes up against a man who lasted slightly more than a month under Cellino in Brian McDermott, and the 53-year-old, whose contract expires in June, says the main reason for his longevity with the Whites is that he is simply a good football manager.

He told The Yorkshire Evening Post: “First and foremost I’m quite good. That would be the main reason. I’ve got a track record that says I get it right. You can’t get it right in a month or two.

"I’ve had good backing by the president too, on one or two dark days that we’ve had when we’ve lost or been well beaten, but I’ve got good staff and I’ve always managed to put good teams together."

 

It remains to be seen if Evans will see his contract extended for next season. If his mandate really was to avoid relegation, then Cellino, whose club sit 15th in the Championship and 14 points above the drop zone, has little excuse not to reward their imminent safety.

 

But Evans's reign has endured its fair share of hairy moments, including an abject 4-0 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion in February, but on the whole he has looked a stable appointment - for the moment.

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