By Coral Barry

Steve Evans gave a speech to the Leeds faithful at Elland Road that sounded very much like a goodbye from the Whites boss.

The Scot’s future has been of constant debate at the Yorkshire club in recent months and owner Massimo Cellino has so far given no indication he is ready to hand Evans a permanent contract.

In the last home game of the season, Evans and his side conducted a lap of honour in front of the home crowd and the Leeds manager addressed the supporters from the pitch in a short, but emotional speech.

“I’m only sorry I couldn’t give these magnificent supporters a win on the final day,” said Evans speaking to LUTV. “What stands out for me is the opportunity to come to Leeds United and be head coach.

“You hear from a distance how great this club is, how great the supporters are, so from me, my family, my heart, I’m sorry about today, but thank you.

“And if I am not here, I still love you wherever I go in life, so thank you very much.”

Leeds were well beaten 2-1 by Charlton in the penultimate game of the season, but chants of Evans’ name could be heard during and after the game in the stands.

In other Leeds news, Evans has given an update on his future after fresh Cellino talks.