Steve Evans has shed weight since taking over at Leeds

By Alex Stevens

Steve Evans is a leading contender for the manager positions at Celtic and Nottingham Forest, according to reports.

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 earlier on Wednesday that he will quit at the end of the season.

It is said that Evans’ credentials are under review along with the likes of David Moyes, Neil Lennon, Michael O’Neill and Henrik Larsson.

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The 53-year-old achieved promotions with Rotherham and Crawley before being lured to Elland Road last October.

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.

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.

“I think I am the best person to take the team forward, of course i do, but it’s the President’s decision,” Evans told BBC Radio Leeds on Tuesday night. “I 100 per cent believe that if I’m here, we will challenge for the Premier League.

“If the President thinks he can find someone better to do that, I have to respect his decision. I may not like it, and it may hurt, but I have to respect it.

“We’ve said for a long time that the longer we are here, the better Leeds will become. A lot of players have points to prove but I have no doubt if we remain in charge, we will fight for promotion.”

Evans says 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.