By Alex Stevens

Noel Whelan has claimed that it would not benefit Leeds to axe Steve Evans.

The manager’s position is hanging by a thread following the 4-1 defeat to Huddersfield last weekend amid speculation owner Massimo Cellino has already decided to replace the 52-year-old Scot.

But former Leeds striker Whelan has questioned whether the upheaval created by another change in the dugout would actually make any difference.

The Championship club lost 4-1 to Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield last weekend to end a run of three consecutive victories and spark an apparent change of heart in the boardroom.

Asked for his verdict on Evans, Whelan told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “For me, I don’t think Steve has done a bad job since he has come in.

“There’s going to be a 50-50 divide on what people think but I’m not too sure whether, right now, changing a manager is going to make much difference.

“We need better players for a manager to work with and to give us that chance.”

Evans took over from Uwe Rosler last October as he became the sixth manager of Cellino’s two-year ownership, but the Scot is only on a rolling contract until 30 June.

“We’ve got to focus on what we need to do to prepare for the start of next season and I’m just hoping that there’s going to be some money spent to give Steve, or whichever manager it may be, a chance at the beginning of the season. But I do think it needs to be sorted out.

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“It’s very difficult for Steve right now and I do feel for him because it can’t be a nice place to be.

“But the players can help that situation by being a little bit more consistent and a little bit more professional on the field and by getting some results; by showing the fans that you deserve to play for this club.

“Yes, we do have some exceptional players in the side but yes, I don’t think a lot of the players have fulfilled their potential. I don’t think anyone has really hit that mark yet because that’s where we are sitting in the table.

“There have been a lot of good performances but not consistently.”

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