Leeds midfielder pleads with Cellino to make Evans decision, gives dressing-room verdict
By Coral Barry
Jordan Botaka has urged Massimo Cellino to make a decision about Steve Evans’ Leeds future.
The 53-year-old has been under immense pressure regarding his position as Leeds manager despite the club avoiding relegation from the Championship and taking 10 points from their last four matches.
Evans has been on the end of several dressing downs by Cellino in recent months with the Italian owner accusing him of talking too much to the media and claiming he finds it impossible to work with English managers.
Leeds are 12th in the table after the 2-2 draw at Hull on Saturday and there is a growing expectancy that Evans’ contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of the season.
Botaka, who came off the bench to play a key role in Leeds’ equaliser at the weekend, has another year remaining on his Elland Road and is keen to learn if Evans will be at the club next season.
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“No-one knows what’s going to happen and as a player you want to know,” the 22-year-old told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “You want to know how next season is going to be like and who we are working with.
“For the moment it’s very difficult to say because everything can happen. I just hope something is going to happen that is best for the club and for the team as well.
“It’s really not up to me to say if (Evans) is going to stay or not but he did what he had to do. We stayed in the Championship.
“That was his task and he did it so we will see for next season.”
Leeds appeared to be heading for defeat at the KC Stadium but Stuart Dallas buried a deadly strike from 20 yards to make it 2-2 late on after Botaka cut in off the right wing and created space on the edge of Hull’s box.
“I think that’s one of my qualities – to get at people,” Botaka said. “When you have two or three defenders who are defending me, there will be someone else free.
“I saw Stuart Dallas, I gave it to him and he put it behind the keeper.”
Cellino’s decision to often go public with his frustration has sparked endless speculation that the Leeds owner is just biding his time before firing his manager.
In other Leeds news, Evans has admitted he has changed his mind about one Whites outcast.