Leeds United: Another sacking, another manager, we just need stability – Ritchie

Steve Evans chats with Alex Mowatt.
Steve Evans chats with Alex Mowatt.
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The week began with the sacking of Uwe Rosler and the sudden appointment of Steve Evans.

Another manager’s gone, it’s no continuity, which is definitely a bad thing.

I know Steve quite well, and I’m sure he’ll do a fantastic job and I wish him all the best.

But there’s another bit of controversy that came out yesterday.

Rosler’s said that Evans applied for the job while he was in the job, which obviously isn’t great, and it just seems to be going from one type of controversy to another, doesn’t it?

You do have to wonder whether having such a constant churn of coaches is going to impact on the club long term.

There is always going to be people out there that will take the Leeds job, because it’s such a massive club. I’ve always said that it’s the biggest club outside of the Premier League for me.

Will it impact on the quality of person that actually goes for the job, because of what is happening, where you’re getting sacked after six games or six months or whatever length of time? I’ve got to say, maybe that might become the case if it keeps on going the way that it is.

That was not the only thing that happened on Monday, with Massimo Cellino getting banned again only minutes after Steve was officially appointed.

I can’t talk for Steve, but it’s still not a good thing that the owner has been banned again.

How long will that go on for? It is a bit of uncertainty.

Cellino’s almost certainly going to have a handle on the place, because that’s the way he is, but whether he’ll be as full on and in your face as he would had he not been banned, I don’t know.

I’m not entirely sure of how it would impact on the club, because I’ve not been there. I’ve not been in that situation before. Again, it’s just that veil of uncertainty around the place, it can’t be settling for anybody really – let alone the fans.

Leeds played in a much more high-tempo style against Fulham on Wednesday, different to their recent games under Uwe. I think that’s the way Steve plays. I know Steve quite well, and get on with him.

It’s the style of football that he likes, up and at them and in your face, that may be a little bit of a different style from Uwe now.

As to whether that will work at Leeds, I think that’s all the fans want to see at Elland Road and from a Leeds side generally – they want to see that passion.

I really do believe that Leeds could get beaten 4-0, but if the fans felt that the team were giving them their all, and chasing every ball down and playing with that pride and passion, they wouldn’t be as disappointed as if they got beaten 4-0 and felt they’d just thrown the towel in.

Facing off against the team that’s bottom of the table in your second game is not bad for Steve.

I think it’s a great opportunity, but you can’t take it for granted.

I’ve heard a few reports from Bolton that they’ve been a bit unlucky in terms of the way they’ve played.

The issue is that they just can’t score goals there.

The potential is definitely there for Bolton to get a result.

Despite that, and despite the fact that it’s certainly not a game that you can think it’s a given three points, it is a really good opportunity for Steve to get his first three points under his belt.

Last week, Cellino said that he was going to cap the number of Leeds fans allowed to buy tickets at 2,000 per away game.

It was good to see that the club decided to change their mind.

They’re absolutely fantastic are the Leeds fans. Both home and away, they are exceptional.

Away from home, they have one of the largest followings in the country, and Leeds definitely have the largest in the Championship.

You’d probably say that a lot of the Premier League sides would envy that many people going and following them for away games.

It’s a massive boost for you as a player.

It gives you that extra bit of impetus when you’re on the field of play, and it’s great that the fans are still going to be there after the decision on Cellino’s part to change his mind.