Steve Evans admits he's relishing settled atmosphere at Mansfield Town

Leeds United manager Steve Evans applauds the fans after the game

The manager had to deal with a tumultuous spell in Leeds United's history.

In the summer Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino made headlines by again deciding to change managers at Elland Road.

He let Steve Evans go and brought in Garry Monk, a move that has since been vindicated by the brilliant form of Leeds this season.

But Evans had gained many supporters after his displays as Leeds United manager and was linked with several high-profile job opportunities.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans applauds the fans after the gameFormer Leeds United manager Steve Evans applauds the fans after the game

But in the end he took the reins at League Two club Mansfield Town.

It was something of a surprise switch from the Scotsman but he has told the BBC this week of how much he is enjoying working in a settled atmosphere, after the tumultuous set up under the maverick Italian at Elland Road:

"I didn't want to go to a firefight.

"I wanted to go in somewhere that was really secure and somewhere that would back it. I am absolutely loving it.

"We said we would organise the football club structurally and we needed support in the transfer window.

"If we didn't change it in the transfer window we would probably be in a battle at the bottom. You are fortunate when a chairman gives you his blessing, but he also asked us to balance it.”

Leeds United Chairman Massimo CellinoLeeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino

The former Leeds boss is clearly flourishing in his new surroundings. The Stags have won six of their last eight outings and are just outside the League Two play-off places with Evans’ impact key to their recent success.

Evans never truly had a settled atmosphere at Leeds United during his time at the club. If he had who knows what might have been achieved. But the way things have worked out appears to be best for both Leeds and Mansfield.

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