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Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan expresses his concern if a foreign manager replaces Steve Evans

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The Leeds pundit does not think a foreign manager is the way forward.

Despite their recent good form and the fact they look like making a last minute dash for the top ten the future of Leeds United boss Steve Evans appears to be in doubt.

His contract with the club expires in the summer and rumours are abounding that he will be let go by controversial owner Massimo Cellino.

It has even been reported in some quarters that Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro has been lined up by Cellino as a potential replacement.

But one former Leeds striker is certainly not impressed by this notion.

Noel Whelan, speaking on BBC Radio Leeds this week, made it clear that he believes Evans has done enough to keep his job and that bringing in a foreign manager would not be a good move from the club:

“In my eyes I think Steve’s proven that he’s done very well at Leeds. Yes, a bit inconsistent, but when they have been at it, they’ve looked exceptional.

“He trusts in his own ability because he’s got a proven track record. You hear all these things about a foreign manager coming in but they don’t know the league like Steve knows the league.

“They won’t know the players like Steve knows the players that he will need to get promotion. These are certain unknowns that if an international manager comes in that’s never been in the Championship.

“It’s about getting the right blend of player and right character that’s going to get you out this league. I just think Steve knows that.”

Evans has divided opinion among Leeds fans but he is certainly near enough to fulfilling his remit to warrant a crack at a full season with the club.

Foreign managers can work in the Championship – with Aitor Karanka and Carlos Carvalhal proof.

But often they fail to grasp what is needed in the second-tier of English football and Leeds fans would be fearful of a foreigner coming in.

Whether Evans is the answer is up for debate. But he has certainly not done a bad job with the club so far.

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