Evans has been sending SOS calls to unlikely saviour ahead of Leeds clash with Rotherham

By Coral Barry

Steve Evans has admitted he often sends SOS calls to Neil Warnock ahead of Leeds’ Championship showdown with Rotherham on Saturday.

The league fixture has greater significance for neutrals than the sharing of three points, with Evans returning to his old club to face former Whites manager and now Rotherham boss Warnock.

Warnock, 67, spent just under 14 months as Elland Road manager, while Evans arrived at Leeds after three-and-a-half years at Rotherham in October.

The experienced duo have many things in common and Evans has been speaking about the immense respect he has for Warnock ahead of their reunion.

“He has always been fantastic to me,” said Evans speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post. “In my career I have phoned him, asked, begged and borrowed players and he was always forthcoming.

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“If he could help me he would help me and we have met many times on our journey.

“He’s brought not only fantastic performances from that group of players but he’s brought back a spirit that was there prior to us leaving.”

Warnock was the last manager at Leeds before the arrival of the controversial Massimo Cellino as owner and he has been impressively rebuilding his reputation at Rotherham.

The Millers were looking like likely contenders for the drop after run of five defeats in seven league games in February.

But Warnock’s side is now two points clear of the relegation zone after collecting 13 points out of a possible 15 in Rotherham’s last five league matches.

It means Rotherham are still very much embroiled in a relegation battle when they welcome Leeds to the New York Stadium.

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Leeds are sitting a comfortable ten points above the bottom three and Evans is convinced that he will get the reception he deserves when he lines up for the opposition on Saturday.

The Scotsman said: “If I am back in south Yorkshire I still get treated with the utmost respect by everyone there.

“I arrive as the very proud manager of Leeds United and I want to leave on the team coach with three points but at five to three or thereabouts I will show my recognition to them. They are wonderful people.”

In other Leeds news, Evans has admitted he made a mistake regarding the Whites’ prized asset.