By Alex Stevens 

Steve Evans will not be sacked as Leeds manager, chairman Massimo Cellino revealed on Tuesday afternoon.

Leeds were hammered 4-0 at Brighton on Monday night, and Evans was ordered not to speak to the media after the match by Cellino.

That sparked speculation that he would be sacked, but Cellino told Sky Sports News that Evans’ job is safe.

He also said he had sympathy for the 1,500 Leeds fans who travelled to the match and added that he is “embarrassed” by the result.

Cellino left the stadium at half-time on Monday after watching his side go four goals down within just 38 minutes.

The controversial Italian clearly felt he had seen enough and abruptly departed the Amex Stadium without waiting to see if his team could mount a second-half comeback in the Championship clash.

Leeds’ defeat to the promotion hopefuls has piled the pressure on manager Evans, whose side have won just once in 11 league games.

The result leaves Leeds marooned in 17th in the table after initially harbouring promotion hopes of their own at the start of the season.