Steve Evans: Leeds United fans would not have picked me

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New Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has admitted that he would not have been the choice of most of the fans.

Evans, 52, was appointed on a rolling contract on Monday after Uwe Rosler was sacked by owner Massimo Cellino.

He said: "I am a realist and I know Steve Evans is not the name the fans would have picked if you polled them. But nor was I at Crawley or Rotherham and I got results.

"I think I just want the fans to give me an opportunity."

Evans has gained a reputation for his touchline behaviour and some of his comments to the media, including telling a Millwall player to "keep his trap shut" after Rotherham retained their Championship status at the Lions' expense in 2014-15.

When asked if he would have to change his ways now he was at Elland Road, he joked: "I've bought some tape and I will cover my mouth for a couple of days.

"I know what comes with being the head coach of this club. I have a big responsibility so I need to do some things differently - but I will still be me.

"I will be a manager of Leeds United that opposition players and management won't like."

Evans left Rotherham in September having led them to two promotions in his three full campaigns in charge.

Last season was his first managing in the second tier of English football, having previously managed Boston United and Crawley before taking charge of Rotherham in April 2012.

His first game as Leeds head coach will be Wednesday's trip to Fulham.

"I will bring winning football"

Steve Evans
Steve Evans was introduced to the media at a news conference at Elland Road on Tuesday

Evans revealed that he was contacted by Cellino on Saturday night after Leeds lost 2-1 at home to Brighton to stretch their winless run at Elland Road to 11 matches and seven months.

The result left them 18th in the table with 11 points from their first 11 games of the season.

The Scot says the responsibility for the club's poor home record should not just be placed on the players.

"We haven't won at this stadium for seven months and that is far too long," he said.

"I've heard people say for a while now that the players can't handle playing here. Sometimes you need to take the pressure off the players.

"The Leeds fans can get ready for winning football because that is going to come."

From heavy metal to jazz

Uwe Rosler
Uwe Rosler, appointed in May, won only two of his 12 games in charge of Leeds

Previous head coach Rosler, who was relieved of his duties after just two wins in 12 matches, promised attack-minded "heavy metal football" when he took over in May.

However, the Whites have scored just 10 goals in 11 league games this season and fans were critical of the team's cautious approach in matches.

Evans has indicated that he wants his side to play with a greater attacking threat - but suggested his own musical tastes were a little more mellow.

"I like a little bit of jazz but my wife tells me to stay away from it because I can't dance," he joked.

"I like to attack and I like to try to win matches. Anyone who has seen Rotherham in the last three years will tell you it was a team that tried to play attacking football."

The boss... but for how long?

The hottest seat in football? Leeds under Cellino since he took over in April 2014
Head coachTime in charge
Brian McDermott*April 2014 - May 2014
David HockadayJune 2014 - August 2014
Darko MilanicSeptember 2014 - October 2014
Neil RedfearnNovember 2014 - May 2015
Uwe RoslerMay 2015 - October 2015
*McDermott was in charge at Elland Road from April 2013

Evans is now the sixth person to manage the side since Cellino took over at Elland Road in April 2014.

Shortly after Evans' appointment was announced, the 59-year-old Italian was banned from owning the club until 30 June, pending an appeal.

Despite Cellino's record, Evans, who says he will have final say on recruitment and team selection, is not worried about working under the former Cagliari owner.

"We're going to try (to get on)," said Evans. "He's certainly passionate. We spent nine hours talking about football. I know he wants to win football matches.

"I think you get longevity if you win football matches. My brief is to win games and I will give my all to do that."

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