Written by David Robinson
Steve Evans has been sacked as Leeds United manager with the inevitable actually happening as Leeds Owner Massimo Cellino was speaking to other candidates while Evans was still in charge. His sacking is certainly no disgrace with Cellino trigger happy and seemingly unwilling to give a manager time to build something at Elland Road. The Scotsman did a steady job in charge having took over in October, he guided the club to a 13th place finish with some encouraging performances along the way. His record speaks for itself as a manager gaining several promotions and taking clubs forward meaning his departure from Leeds should not impede his chances of a good job elsewhere. I look at 3 clubs who either should have taken on Evans or still possibly could in the near future.
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1. Peterborough United
The Posh have failed to deliver to high expectations in the last 2 seasons without a hint of them challenging for promotion in League One. Managerial appointments have turned out to be poor choices which included the appointment of academy manager Dave Robertson at the start of last season where he was way out of his depth. Club Legend Grant McCann now takes over having had no managerial experience barring a few games in charge as Caretaker Manager. While he was successful in just those handful of games and he does know the club inside out, another big risk has been taken with the complete uncertainty about how the Northern Irish man will get on. You feel that this could be a potential case of lessons not being learnt from the top while Steve Evans would certainly have been worth waiting for. He would probably be the best candidate for getting the best out of Peterborough’s young squad by installing a good determination about the group which was missing last season and the discipline needed for promotion which he has achieved several times.
2. Nottingham Forest
Nottingham Forest have had plenty of time to search for a new manager having departed with Dougie Freedman in March. The latest odds show the Steve Evans is deemed to be in contention for the job however Oscar Garcia remains the front runner at present. While both would be good appointments, Evans would be a good fit for the City Ground. His Leeds side were slowly becoming a good footballing side and with Evans own stamp on the side he could replicate the style of football for the Reds with the Tricky Trees having the squad to be able to pull it off. The former European Champions need stability and now that the club are out of a transfer embargo, you feel under the right guidance they can makes strides again towards reaching the play-offs. credit Waywardeffort
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Reading look set to announce Jaap Stam as manager despite the Dutchmen not having any managerial experience and importantly none in the Championship which means that the appointment should be deemed a risk. Of course the appointment could well pay off but Evans would have been more of a safe choice having plenty of much needed Championship experience. Evans knows all the teams and players inside out which can propel Reading back up the table following a disappointing collapse last season after the Royals started incredibly well. You cannot question the former Rotherham managers’s desire and drive to succeed in the game which what has made his sides so successful as his passion can often be transferred over to the players. Reading could do with some added fight to give themselves a better chance of reaching the play-offs next season.
Peterborough, Nottingham Forest and Reading fans, would Steve Evans be a good fit at your club? Let us know in the comments below!
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