Belfast Telegraph

Evans above, it's all new at crazy Leeds for Stuart Dallas after Rosler sacking

By Steven Beacom

Stuart Dallas is good at making positive first impressions. He did it with Northern Ireland after coming into Michael O'Neill's squad earlier this year and he repeated the feat having joined Leeds United in the summer.

The former Crusaders hero was signed by Uwe Rosler, who knew what Dallas was capable of from their time together at Brentford.

It was a fine piece of business from Rosler with the Elland Road faithful immediately taking to Dallas, his skills on the wing and direct running style.

Yesterday Rosler, after 12 games in charge with his team in 18th position in the Championship, was sacked and replaced by Steve Evans, making him the SIXTH head coach at Leeds since chairman Massimo Cellino took over the club in April 2014.

What a crazy football club Leeds United have become with all the players, including Dallas now a key performer for Northern Ireland, stuck in the middle of it.

In an extraordinary day, even by recent standards at Elland Road, following the appointment of ex-Rotherham boss Evans, Cellino was banned from running the club by the Football League for the second time in a year.

The Italian was found guilty of an offence under Italian tax legislation relating to the non-payment of VAT on the importation of a Land Rover vehicle, meaning disqualification under the owners' and directors' test.

He has until 28 October to appeal against the decision.

With all this going on Leeds must prepare for a vital game at Fulham tomorrow when Dallas will hope to make a strong first impression on his new manager Evans.

The 24-year-old from Cookstown is determined to be in form for his club heading to France next summer.

Whether that will be with Evans or someone else as Leeds boss is open to debate.

Belfast Telegraph