Steve Evans comments on Darrell Clarke

Leeds United manager Steve Evans applauds the fans after the game

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke has been linked with the Leeds United managerial job.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans (R)

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has given his opinion on Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke on BBC Radio Leeds.

Evans is in charge of Leeds at the moment, but his current contract with the West Yorkshire outfit runs out at the end of next month and no new deal is in place.

Clarke has been linked with the Leeds managerial job, with the Rovers’ official website recently announcing that an approach has been made from the Whites for the 38-year-old.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke

"I don’t know Darrell Clarke," Evans told BBC Radio Leeds when asked about Clarke. "I have had a few conversations with him in the past.

"He got relegated to the Conference, but he has brought a good football club back to League One with two consecutive promotions.

"And I have been there in the Conferences and in Leagues One and Two, and it is very difficult. It is a tough job. He has managed to get them over the line in the last few seconds of the last game."

Leeds United manager Steve Evans

Clarke is a very good young manager who got Rovers promoted from League Two to League One at the end of the 2015-16 campaign.

Many Leeds fans will suggest that the Englishman does not have the experience to take charge of the Whites.

However, the achievements of Aitor Karanka at Middlesbrough and Carlos Carvalhal at Sheffield Wednesday suggest that a manager can be successful in the Championship even without experience of the league if he is genuinely good.

Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino, though, needs to be very careful with who he appoints the team’s head coach next season.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the stands

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