By Alex Stevens
Steve Evans has admitted he has supported Celtic since he was “two seconds old” but has distanced himself from the manager positions at Parkhead and Nottingham Forest.
Evans’ job is hanging by a thread at Leeds after owner Massimo Cellino accused him of “talking too much” and cleared the way for another change of boss by saying he “cannot work with English managers.”
But the Scot is increasingly in demand after Leeds clinched their third straight win with a 2-1 win over Wolves on Tuesday night to climb to 11th place in the Championship table.
The Scottish Sun report that diehard Celtic fan Evans is a “dark horse contender” for the Celtic post after Ronny Deila announced on Wednesday that he will quit at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, the Yorkshire Evening Post report that managerless Nottingham Forest have made their interest in Evans known to him already ahead of a possible swoop.
The 53-year-old achieved promotions with Rotherham and Crawley before being lured to Elland Road last October.
“It’s flattering for any coach to be linked to any job but you can’t let it take away focus from the job in hand,” said Evans, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“Celtic are an iconic football club but Leeds United are an iconic football club. My only focus is on representing this famous badge.
“The only job at that appeals to me at the moment is being head coach of Leeds United. I want to be the Leeds United head coach going forward. I’ve never hidden that but the final decision lies with someone else.
“I will always be a Celtic supporter. I’ve supported them since I was two – and that’s not two years old, that’s two seconds old. You’re born a Celtic supporter, the same as Leeds supporters. That’s why there’s so many of them and that’s why they’re both great clubs. But I’m the head coach of this great club and that’s the only focus I’ve got.”
Evans’ contract at Leeds expires in the summer although he is insistent that he wants to stay and build on the foundations that have been laid during his six-month tenure.
The Scot insists Cellino is continuing to support him privately amid reports that the Scot will become the sixth manager of the Italian’s two-year Elland Road tenure to be axed.
In other Leeds news, ex-Elland Road striker Noel Whelan has given his verdict on Evans’ future.