STEVE EVANS has implored Leeds United’s hierarchy to retain the services of Neil Redfearn as the club’s head coach.
The Scot voiced his strong support for Redfearn after Saturday’s 0-0 derby draw, with the Rotherham United chief achieving one of his managerial ambitions by leading a team out at Elland Road.
Evans copped some good-natured banter from Whites fans after living up to his promise of wearing a sombrero and beach wear before the game and briefly donned the Mexican-style hat after the final whistle.
But away from the light-hearted stuff, he admits he is desperate for Redfearn, someone he has known for years, to stay in place at Leeds.
He said: “It was a touching moment when I heard the fans singing Neil’s name at the end.
“If those fans could Sellotape or glue somebody to the managers’ chair, it would be Neil.
“I sincerely hope the powers above him don’t go down the road of bringing in another self-proclaimed ‘top-class manager’ when they have got Neil Redfearn in the building.
“I have known him for a lot of years and know what he stands for.”
Boyhood Celtic fan Evans watched Leeds play the Hoops alongside his father at the famous European Cup semi-final second leg at Hampden Park in front of almost 136,000 in April 1970.
And he admitted it was a special moment leading out a side at Elland Road.
Evans added: “Thanks to the Leeds United supporters. To lead a team here and the atmosphere was electric.
“They are a special group.
“My father looking down on me; he has been dead twenty-odd years now; would have shed a tear.
“He spent a lot of his working life in Leeds and it was his second club to Celtic.”