By Coral Barry

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has hauled Steve Evans over the coals for being too vocal about off the pitch matters.

The Championship club were hammered 4-0 by Brighton on Monday night and Cellino was so angry at what he saw that he left the Amex stadium at half-time.

Evans has been given a stay of execution but Cellino has done little to quell speculation about the manager’s future by given him a public dressing down.

“The last few weeks he’s been talking too much about his future, his contract, the players,” Cellino told Sky Sports on Wednesday.

“He has to focus (on) the game, he just has to understand at times. We are missing four or five players in the squad, we are in emergency and instead of complaining we should just focus and try and play all together, not just complain to the media.”

Leeds have won just once in their last 11 league games and are a lowly 18th in the Championship table.

Evans’ side still sit comfortably above the relegation zone with nine points separating them and 22nd placed Rotherham United.

Steve Evans is hoping to sign a new player for Leeds by next week

Chatty man: Leeds boss Evans did appear before the media after the Brighton humiliation

Evans did not speak to the press after the game with assistant coach Paul Raynor taking over the post-match press duties.

However Raynor spoke only to Sky Sports and Cellino revealed he did not want to talk to his manager after the defeat.

“I didn’t speak with him after the game because I think we are both very disappointed and embarrassed.”

Leeds return home to Elland Road at the weekend and will host fellow strugglers Bolton.