Key player makes manager plea to Leeds boss Cellino

By Coral Barry

Toumani Diagouraga has insisted the Leeds team are still fully behind manager Steve Evans.

Speculation has been growing that Massimo Cellino is ready to axe Evans after the owner admitted he “cannot work with English managers.”

The pressure on Evans has apparently eased after three league victories in a row, although the Yorkshire club remain 11th in the Championship table and miles off the promotion pace.

Diagouraga, who has bagged two goals in the last two league games, is adamant that the team are still chomping at the bit to play under the current manager and strongly suggested that Cellino should stick with the Scot.

“You can’t help speculation,” said Diagouraga speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post. “All we can do is go out to work and put in a good shift for him and try and win as many as we can.

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“Everyone is happy and everyone can’t wait to play another game, everyone is looking forward to another game. Since I have been here it has always been unified here but sometimes you get the rub of the green and sometimes you don’t.

“But at the moment we are doing all right and we are getting the wins. Hopefully we can keep going.”

Diagouraga is convinced Leeds are just a few signings away from becoming genuine promotion contenders next season despite being 13 points off the pace this term with three league games left to play. 

The league campaign has been consistently overshadowed by matters off the pitch with Cellino accusing Evans of “talking too much” after the 4-0 home defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion in February.

This week again saw the club’s hierarchy take over the spotlight with Cellino’s son being hit by a Football League ban after he made insulting and abusive comments on social media.

Edoardo Cellino, a club director, has been banned from all footballing activities for three matches and fined £5000.

In other Leeds news, Evans has revealed the moment he shared with Lewis Cook after the youngster picked up the Football League’s Player of the Year award.