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Leeds United v Rotherham United: Steve Evans and Neil Redfearn to face former clubs

20 November 2015

There will be some familiar faces on show to both sets of fans when Leeds United take on Rotherham United in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend.

After back-to-back wins as Whites boss, Steve Evans will take a trip down memory lane when his former side arrive at Elland Road, while the home crowd will see a long-serving member of the club return - Neil Redfearn.

Reunited

Steve Evans has steadied the ship at Leeds in recent weeks, but began the 2015/16 season at the helm of Saturday's visitors - Rotherham United.

He left the New York Stadium back in September after three years in charge, and enjoyed some good days with the Millers.

In his first full season at the club, he guided them to a second-place finish to earn automatic promotion from League 2.

The following campaign, Rotherham finished fourth in Sky Bet League 1 to earn a place in the Play-Offs. After navigating past Preston North End in the semi-finals, Evans' side went on to face Leyton Orient at Wembley, where they prevailed 4-3 on penalties after drawing 2-2 across 120 minutes.

With Sky Bet Championship status secured, Evans successfully kept them in the division last term, leading them to 21st-place finish – five points clear of Millwall in the first of the relegation places.

Read more: Read more: Sky Bet Championship: Matchday 17 preview

Homecoming

Neil Redfearn's association with Leeds dates back to 2008, when he was appointed coach of their academy side.

He then went on to take charge of the first team on a number of occasions as managers departed Elland Road, when Simon Grayson, Neil Warnock, Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic all left the club.

The 50-year-old's longest stint overseeing the senior squad came last season as the club finished 15th in the Sky Bet Championship. Redfearn helped implement the likes of Alex Mowatt, Lewis Cook and Sam Byram – all players who were part of his academy squad – and turn them into regular starters, before leaving in the summer.

Read more: Neil Redfearn set for first game as Rotherham United manager

Contrasting fortunes

At present, the two clubs are on very different runs of form. After no wins in six, Leeds now have back-to-back triumphs to their name after results against Cardiff City and Huddersfield Town.

Rotherham, however, are propping up the table and haven't posted a League victory since Evans left the club in September. They have been defeated in each of their last four games.

You can follow the progress of Steve Evans and Neil Redfearn's respective reunions via our live Twitter feed this weekend, @SkyBetChamp.



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