Leeds senior player shares details of exchange with Cellino about manager situation, owner drops hint
By Coral Barry
Sol Bamba has revealed Massimo Cellino promised him there would be positive change at Leeds once the season was over in a clear hint that a new manager is set to be appointed.
The Leeds captain has admitted he is concerned with what the future holds and has told the Italian owner that he wants real action this summer, not just words.
Manager Steve Evans is expected to be the first man out the door with reports increasing that the Scotsman is in line to become the sixth manager under Cellino to be dismissed.
Bamba, 31, has been a mainstay in the Leeds defence since fighting his way back into the first-team in February and has revealed that Cellino has already promised a promotion push next season.
“A couple of months he did say things would be different though obviously he couldn’t say any more to me about who is going to be manager and whether he is going to keep the manager or not,” said Bamba after the game on Saturday, as quoted by the Yorkshire Post.
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“But he did say he was going to have a real go next year, and keep his best players while adding to the squad, to try and have a real go to try and get in the play-offs.
“That’s all I know but I said to him ‘I think it’s good to talk but we need to act as well’.
“At the minute he is making a lot of promises but I think the fans and everyone involved at the club wants to see action, desperately.”
Leeds finished the season 13th in the Championship after initially getting themselves involved in a relegation fight late last year until Evans stepped in and steadied the ship.
Key players have been sold in Cellino’s time at Leeds with Sam Byram the latest young star to be cashed in on after he moved to West Ham in the January transfer window.