By Coral Barry
Massimo Cellino has given Steve Evans until the end of the season to convince him he is the right man for the Leeds job.
Speculation has been growing that Cellino was ready to bring the axe down on Evans, but the controversial Italian owner has moved to assure his manager his position is safe, for now.
A report in the Daily Mail on Tuesday claimed that the Leeds owner was already actively looking for a replacement after losing patience with Evans, but Cellino has now revealed his coach has been given a stay of execution until the current Championship campaign is over.
“I won’t make any changes until the end of the season,” said Cellino speaking to Sky Sports on Thursday morning. “Then I will look at how the whole season went and make a decision.
“I’m not considering replacements.”
Evans spoke out on Wednesday about the rumours claiming he is on the verge of dismissal, but insisted he is not concerned about his post.
Leeds were humiliated 4-1 by local rivals Huddersfield last weekend and it has been reported that the embarrassment triggered a players mutiny.
Senior Leeds players are said to have approached Cellino after the game and told the Italian that they have lost confidence in their manager.
Leeds began the season with hopes of a possible promotion push, but Evans replaced the sacked Uwe Rosler in October with the club 18th in the league and facing a relegation fight.
Evans has managed to steady the ship however and Leeds sit in 13th in the table, a full 10 points above the drop zone.
Cellino has admitted the campaign has disappointed him greatly, but is adamant that Evans will remain the Leeds boss at least until the end of the season.
“I’m a very sad man with the results this season but sometimes I’m not happy with my wife and I don’t divorce her, so I’m certainly not looking to replace Steve Evans at the moment.”
Evans was given a rolling contract when he was appointed and has steered Leeds to nine league victories in 25 games.