Report: Steve Evans given update ahead of crucial Leeds board meeting
By Alex Stevens
Steve Evans will have to wait at least another 24 hours to find out his fate as Leeds manager, according to a report.
A key board meeting called by Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino has been delayed until Thursday.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim discussions among the club’s directors about plans for next season were due to be held on Wednesday but those talks have now been put back by 24 hours.
Evans is waiting to find out his fate as manager amid growing expectations that controversial owner Cellino will decide to sack him.
Evans is contracted to the Championship’s biggest club until the end of June and Cellino has fuelled the feeling that the Scot will become the sixth manager of his two-year reign to be axed.
The Italian has spoken freely of his attempts to persuade an elite manager to take on the task of steering Leeds back to the top flight and a place in the Champions League.
Cellino implied that he would rule on Evans’ position after a board meeting on Wednesday, telling the Mirror at the start of last week: “I’m calling a board meeting for May 18 to plan for next season. I hope to have more time to plan football issues instead of lawyers and the Football League issue.”
Cellino was freed from the threat of an imminent 223-day Football League ban last week when the Court of Appeal in Italy overturned his most recent tax conviction but his status as Leeds owner is under renewed threat from the Football Association after the governing body charged him and the club with making an illegal payment of £185,000 during Ross McCormack’s transfer to Fulham in 2014.
Cellino said last Friday that he was considering selling the club due to the pressure on him from the authorities and sections of the Yorkshire club’s support.
In other Leeds news, Evans has given some insight into the club’s summer transfer plans.