Steve Evans is hoping to sign a new player for Leeds by next week
Target man: Leeds boss Evans is keen to hold new contract talks

By Coral Barry

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino left the stadium at half-time after watching his side go four goals down within just 38 minutes during Monday night’s 4-0 thrashing by Brighton.

The controversial Italian clearly felt he had seen enough and abruptly departed the Amex Stadium without waiting to see if his team could mount a second-half comeback in the Championship clash.

Leeds’ defeat to the promotion hopefuls has piled the pressure on manager Steve Evans, whose side have won just once in 11 league games.

The result leaves Leeds marooned in 17th in the table after initially harbouring promotion hopes of their own at the start of the season.

A brace from Tomer Hemed, an own-goal by Liam Cooper and then a powerful header from Lewis Dunk meant the game was over before half-time.

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The second half was not much better from Leeds, with Brighton unlucky not to add to their goal tally and the result will cash doubt over manager Evans’ position as manager given Cellino’s history.

Walk out: Cellino abruptly left at half-time following Leeds’ first-half pasting

Evans became the sixth Leeds manager to be appointed during Cellino’s reign when Uwe Rosler was sacked in October.

Former QPR and Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway, who was working for Sky at the Leeds match on Monday, was asked afterwards if he was worried about Evans’ future.

“I’ve worried ever since he’s been there”, Holloway replied. “So tonight he [Cellino] wasn’t there for the second half was he?

“That’s the sort of nightmare you get as a manager; the chairman goes home at half time when you’re 4-0 down. But he’s (Evans) big enough and tough enough to deal with it.”