Leeds United: The best quotes from Steve Evans’ first press conference

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Steve Evans was officially unveiled as the new Leeds United head coach at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

The former Rotherham United manager spoke candidly about his appointment, and it was clear that he viewed being given the job as a huge opportunity.

Steve Evans at his introductory press conference

Steve Evans at his introductory press conference

Evans is set to take the Whites to Craven Cottage on Wednesday, where they will face in-form Fulham.

However, the majority of the event was focused on Evans taking the job. Here’s a selection of the best soundbites from his introductory press conference:

On what Leeds fans can expect from Steve Evans...

“Steve Evans is a manager that opposition fans and managers don’t like.”

On the size of Leeds United...

“You could do a straw poll from here to China, but there’s only one biggest club in the Championship.”

On whether he sees his football as ‘heavy metal’...

“What’s my style of music? I like a bit of jazz.”

On how excited he is by the opportunity...

“It’s Christmas, babies being born, wedding day rolled into one.”

On how many messages he’s had since getting the job...

“I didn’t think an iPhone could take 840 text messages.”

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On what the job means to him...

“I’m not a big ex-Premier League player who can sit here and say that it means nothing to me.”

On who will make the final decisions regarding the first team...

“The president was very clear that I get first and last say.”

On whether he’s worried about job security...

“How can you fear being sacked at Leeds United?”

On how he’ll keep his job where others have not...

“Everyone’s aware of the head coaches that have been here and left, but I have to believe. I have to believe that if I win football matches, Mr Cellino will want me here.”

On his excitement at managing Leeds at Elland Road...

“I look forward to some afternoons and evenings when there’s over 30,000 in here and there’s something at stake...and trust me, there will be.”

On how far he’d go for the Leeds job...

“I could have been anywhere in the world and I would have come to Leeds United.”

On whether it was a tough decision to take the post...

“When Leeds United ring you up, how can you say no?”

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