Former Leeds striker identifies Evans' comfort blanket

By Coral Barry

Steve Evans will not fear the Leeds sack because he will be confident of securing another job, according to Andy Ritchie.

The Leeds manager’s future at Elland Road remains unclear, but with just two Championship games left to play this season and no hint of an offer on the table, it looks like Evans could be on his way out of the club.

Whites owner Massimo Cellino has been far from Evans’ biggest supporter this season, with the Italian opting at several points to publicly haul his manager over the hot coals.

Cellino has accused Evans of “talking too much” to the media and has remained silent on his plans for the club and its manager once the current campaign reaches its conclusion.

However, Ritchie believes that the rumours linking Evans to the soon to be vacant Celtic job will act as an excellent safety net for the Scot.

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“The rumoured talk of other rival clubs being linked with him will represent a nice ‘comfort blanket’ for Steve,” wrote Ritchie in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“Steve has been linked with Celtic which is a massive club and he was a boyhood fan. But he clearly feels loyalty to Leeds and is making all the right notes.”

Evans was given a six-month rolling contract in October when he took over form the sacked Uwe Rosler, but with the deal due to expire in June there has been no word from Cellino about whether the club will remain under the Scot’s management.

Instead, speculation has been growing that Evans could be in contention for the manager’s post at his hometown club, Celtic.

The 53-year-old has been open about his love for Celtic as a die-hard supporter and Scottish media has identified him as the dark horse contender for the job once Ronny Deila leaves the club in the summer.

In other Leeds news, the best manager to be appointed by Cellino has been named.