Huge Leeds blow as manager rejects job, new target to hold Cellino talks - report

By Alex Stevens

Karl Robinson has rejected the chance to become the new Leeds manager after holding talks with owner Massimo Cellino, according to a report.

MK Dons manager Robinson was installed last week as the bookmakers’ favourites to replace Steve Evans, who only took over at Leeds in October of last year.

Sky Sports claim Robinson, 35, met with Cellino at the end of last week but he has decided that the Elland Road job is not right for him.

It is said Leeds will now move on to their next target to replace Evans, who is out of contract next month and has been left in the dark as to whether he will continue in the dugout.

The Yorkshire giants reportedly intend to speak to Bristol Rovers about the availability of their manager Darrell Clarke.

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Evans, who is due back at work on Wednesday after a short break, has spoken of his frustration at not knowing if he will be axed.

He released a statement on Monday morning that said: “I’m hurting at not knowing my future but I respect the right of the club to make big decisions at a time and manner that suits.”

Robinson, who is the third longest-serving boss in English football’s top four tiers after being appointed in May 2010, was 1/8 favourite on Monday morning to be the new Leeds manager.

Evans’ reign could now be over within days, as his contract at Leeds expires in June and his job has been left hanging by a thread after owner owner Massimo Cellino accused him of “talking too much” and claiming he “cannot work with English managers.”

Evans is in line to become the sixth manager to be dismissed since Cellino took over the Yorkshire club in 2014.

But the Scot, 53, is increasingly in demand after steering Leeds away from a relegation fight and has been linked with Nottingham Forest and League One club Peterborough.

Evans, who achieved promotions with Rotherham and Crawley before being lured to Elland Road last October, broke down in tears in the wake of Leeds’ 1-1 draw against Preston eight days ago and accepted afterwards that he had “maybe” managed the club for the final time.

In other Leeds news, one senior player has revealed the promises Cellino has made with regards to the club’s future.