By Coral Barry
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has taken the decision to axe manager Steve Evans – following a dressing room mutiny.
A run of three successive league victories had lifted Leeds away from a potential relegation fight, but the mood at Elland Road has severely soured following Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat to local rivals Huddersfield.
Senior players are said to have told club chiefs that they are unwilling to play for Evans, who has a history of dressing-room bust-ups during his managerial career.
It is reported that Cellino already has a replacement in mind but he might wait until the end of the season before formally relieving Evans of his duties.
Evans, who was given a rolling contract in October, would be the sixth manager to be axed by the controversial Italian owner since he took over at Leeds in 2014.
Cellino has publicly clashed with Evans several times this season with the most recent altercation coming after the 4-0 drubbing by Brighton last month.
But after the impressive run in the Championship ignited possible play-off ambitions, Evans was thought to be in pole position to win a permanent contract.
It has been suggested that the only thing stopping Evans’ dismissal now is the concern that Cellino does not want undue attention on his running of the club.
The Italian has twice been stripped of his Leeds’ ownership by the Football League in just two years.
In other Leeds news, the club are set to lose out on top target to arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday.