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Andy Couzens says Steve Evans has removed the divide in the Leeds dressing room

There have been rumours of a dressing room divide at Leeds United.

Since the arrival of Massimo Cellino at Elland Road there have been rumours of a dressing room divide at Leeds, but Andy Couzens has told Radio Yorkshire that Steve Evans will have removed any lack of relationship between the playing squad since his appointment as head coach.

When asked about the divide in the dressing room, former Leeds player Couzens said: “Yes, I think that was there. With Steve Evans, I don’t think he’ll allow that. That’s what he’s good at, he’s a motivator. He would have brought that divide back together.”

Although there has been no concrete evidence suggesting that players are divided in the dressing room, many believe that the Italian contingent and the homegrown players have never seen eye to eye at Elland Road.

The Italian players have had a direct line with Cellino, giving them a power in the dressing room, whilst the English players have been the long-standing features at Leeds, and this lack of relationship has been put as one of the reasons for last season’s poor form.

However, Couzens does not believe that this divide will exist any more, since the appointment of Evans as head coach.

The Scottish boss is not one to take disruptive influences lightly, and he has shown he can take a hard-edged approach with players if needed.

Evans may not be the most tactically astute boss, or have the most forward-thinking mindset in terms of on-pitch performances, but his attitude to player attitudes and team building is second to none.

And this kind of manager is exactly who Leeds need at this moment in time.

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