Where Leeds United’s recent managers are now as ex-Whites boss sacked by League One strugglers

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Over the last few years, Leeds United supporters have realised how lucky they are to have Marcelo Bielsa as their head coach.

He continues to have his doubters in English football but you would struggle to find a single Whites fan who is not fully convinced by the Argentine.

Considering the managers that have come and gone at Elland Road over the last decade or so, Bielsa’s extended reign at the club is appreciated even more by those on the terraces.

One of those that occupied the technical area during that time, Steve Evans, is the most recent EFL boss to be relieved of his duties.

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Gillingham confirmed on Sunday evening that he and the club would be parting ways with the club stranded in the League One relegation zone.

His predecessors and successors at Leeds have had very different careers since leaving the club and we have taken a look at where the last nine Whites bosses are now.

Paul Heckingbottom

After being sacked prior to Bielsa’s arrival, Heckingbottom struggled to make his mark with Hibernian so moved back into coaching youth football where he became Sheffield United U23 boss.

At the end of November, he became the club’s first-team manager following the sacking of Slavisa Jokanovic, a decision which divided opinion within the Blades fanbase.

Although, since his appointment, they have won each of their three league games and given themselves an outside chance of making the play-offs at the end of the season.

Thomas Christiansen

Since leaving Leeds, Christiansen has tried his arm at international management with Panama.

As a result, the Central American nation have a great chance at qualifying for this year’s World Cup as they sit in the play-off position in the eight-team CONCACAF group.

The make-or-break stage of the qualifying campaign comes at the end of this month as games against Costa Rica, Jamaica and Mexico are likely to decide their fate.

Garry Monk

Monk’s short career in management has stagnated following his departure from Sheffield Wednesday in November 2020.

More recently, he has been trying his hand at punditry with talkSPORT where he touched upon his time as Leeds boss.

He said: “I went to Leeds, had probably their best season since they were in League One. We finished with a points tally that we actually targeted, which was 75 points, unfortunately missed out on the play-offs, we should’ve made the play-offs that year.

“The new owner came in and it was a change of plan.”

Steve Evans

As mentioned, Evans is recently out of a job after being sacked by Gillingham with them staring down the barrel of relegation from the third tier.

He had been at the club for over two and a half years but was deemed unsuitable to take the Gills forward.

Uwe Rosler

Despite being unable to steer Fortuna Dusseldorf away from the Bundesliga drop zone in his last job, Rosler continues to be linked with management jobs in the Football League.

He was rumoured to be taking over as Barnsley manager in the Championship following the sacking of Markus Schopp but that job was given to Poya Asbaghi.

It would hardly be surprising to see Rosler holding up the shirt of a team in League One or Two later in the season such is his experience in the lower leagues in England.

Neil Redfearn

Redfearn was a part of the furniture at Leeds during his time with the club. Even after he was removed as the manager, he still held the role of academy director.

However, since leaving, he has gone into the women’s game and is currently the manager of Sheffield United Women. He too was linked with the job at Barnsley after spending seven years at the club as a player.

Darko Milanic

With just a 32-day spell as manager at Elland Road, Milanic’s name isn’t necessarily one that will be well known by the club’s supporters.

After being sacked, he spent time with Maribor in Slovenia and Slovan Bratislava in Slovakia but is now at Pafos who are fifth in the Cypriot top flight.

David Hockaday

Following his departure from Leeds in 2014, Hockaday tried his hand with both Coventry, as caretaker manager, and Kidderminster Harriers but decided he was not cut out for football management.

Interestingly, his most recent career move saw him become head of male football at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College back in 2016.

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