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Evans wants six new players after Leeds horror show

Leeds head coach Steve Evans said he may have to bring in up to six new players after seeing his side's winless home run stretch to almost eight months with a 2-0 defeat to Blackburn.

Evans wants more from his senior players. Credit: Reuters

Blackburn winger Craig Conway caught Leeds cold after just 17 seconds when stealing in at the far post to fire home and Jordan Rhodes' low angled drive made it two with barely six minutes on the clock.

Leeds improved as the game went on but although dominating possession in the second half created few clear chances and Evans feels his current squad could struggle unless he can bring in reinforcements:

We won't get sucked in (to a relegation fight), I've come here to sort it out. Let's be honest, if the actual playing squad was left, it would be a battle to stay in the division, but we're going to address some of that.

We're going to try. All you can do is try isn't it? We're going to have to bring some players in. We're capable of getting a result or two with the squad we have, but so many people have to give us more.

– Leeds manager Steve Evans

Evans criticised his senior players and said he would have to bring in "five or six" in order to turn it round, but stressed the club could still have a good season:

I don't mean five or six before Tuesday and I don't think five or six before the (January transfer) window.

It will be a massive window to what we do, but before then there's lots and lots of points at stake, so maybe two or three before now and the window.

– Leeds manager Steve Evans

Leeds confirm Evans as new manager

Steve Evans is back in the game. Credit: PA

Leeds United have confirmed the appointment of Steve Evans as the club's new manager.

Evans, who left Rotherham in September, has signed a rolling contract at Elland Road until June 30 2016.

“I’m honoured and proud, but the supporters just want to see what happens on the pitch,” Evans stated.

“The first thing we need to do is win some points and win some football matches."


Football League disqualify Leeds owner Cellino

Massimo Cellino has already had one disqualification. Credit: PA

Leeds United's Massimo Cellino has been disqualified by the Football League Owners' and Directors' test.

The decision was taken after the Italian was found guilty of tax evasion in his homeland in June.

Cellino has until 28 October to reply.

At its recent meeting, the Board of The Football League (with the exception of Chief Executive Shaun Harvey who declared an interest*) considered the position of Leeds United President Massimo Cellino under its Owners' and Directors' test.

In June, Mr Cellino was found guilty by a Court in Sardinia of an offence under Italian tax legislation relating to the non-payment of VAT on the importation of a Land Rover vehicle. This resulted in a fine of €40,000 and the confiscation of the vehicle in question.

Having considered detailed legal advice and the Court’s reasoned judgment, as supplied by Mr Cellino, the Board determined that the decision of the Italian Court constitutes a disqualifying condition under the Owners' and Directors' test.

– Football League statement

Redfearn: Leeds United need stability

Neil Redfearn last 37 games at Leeds. Credit: PA

Former Leeds boss Neil Redfearn insists the club need some stability after Uwe Rosler's sacking on Monday morning.

The German became the fifth manager to lose his job at Elland Road under the tenure of Italian owner Massimo Cellino following Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Sky Bet Championship leaders Brighton.

I don't want to comment too much on what's happening, but to build anything or to create anything you need stability.

It's probably frustrating for Uwe because he will have had his plans and put things in place as did I last year and got them to a certain situation where you think you can take them on. But they do it as they want to do it.

I have got a lot of friends at Leeds and I wish them every success apart from when they play us.

– Neil Redfearn
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