Ex-Millers boss Steve Evans appointed new manager of Leeds... on rolling contract

Evans dons a sombrero at Elland Road
Evans dons a sombrero at Elland Road

Former Millers boss Steve Evans is the new manager of Leeds United, owner Massimo Cellino has confirmed this afternoon.

Evans, who left Rotherham at the end of last month, took training at Leeds' Thorp Arch complex this morning after Uwe Rosler was sacked, and becomes the sixth boss at Elland Road since Cellino took over in April 2014.

Evans, who took the Millers from League Two into the Championship, has signed a rolling contract at Leeds until June.

"He [Evans] is a tough coach and I want that character in my team," Cellino told the Daily Mirror.

He added, on Rosler: "He was taking the club backwards rather than progressing, but I accept responsibility because I chose him.

"I wanted the team to play heavy-rock football, but instead it was like country music.

"I did my best to help Uwe, but in the end, I couldn't see even a patch of blue in the sky, just cloud, cloud and cloud."

Evans famously turned up at Elland Road late last season wearing a sombrero after the Millers secured Championship survival.

But the 52-year-old previously stated that he could never work for Cellino.

He said: “If you are a Dave Hockaday, Darko Milanic or whoever you are – if you take the job under Massimo, you know the rules; he picks the players, you coach the players.

Steve Evans during his Millers reigh

Steve Evans during his Millers reigh

“My interest is the Millers and I pick the players, whether they come, whether they go and our chairman supports that. The minute he doesn’t support it, I go.

“That would be the way it works here and I get fantastic support. I can’t put enough words on it.

“But if you work for Massimo Cellino, you coach the players and get the results from the players he brings in or you pay with your job, that is the way it is.”