By Coral Barry
Steve Evans has denounced his days as Leeds’ ‘PR’ man, telling owner Massimo Cellino he will keep his mouth shut from now on.
The Leeds manager’s future has been the subject of immense speculation after the 4-0 Championship humiliation against Brighton on Monday.
Cellino was seen leaving the Amex stadium at half-time with Leeds four goals down at the time and Evans was asked not to speak to the press after the game by his Italian boss.
Evans was then told to stop running his mouth by Cellino in the following days and the manager took the opportunity on Friday to fire a shot back at his boss at his pre-match press conference.
“I’ve allowed myself to speak about matters which aren’t my remit,” Evans said. “The one thing I’ve learned is that I don’t need to be a PR vehicle for the club. Leeds United are big enough to speak at the highest level when they feel the need to.
“I’m no longer going to be a PR advert for the people above me. They have to manage that themselves.”
Despite the warning to Evans, Cellino offered his full support to the under-fire coach on Tuesday.
Leeds have just one win in 11 league games and are languishing in 18th place in the Championship.
Cellino has sacked five managers since becoming Leeds owner in April 2014 and Evans only replaced the last one, Uwe Rosler, in October of last year.
Leeds have suffered controversies galore under the Italian’s leadership and Cellino has had a strained relationship with the media.
Sky Sports were almost banned from Elland road in December and Evans has admitted he feels as though he is constantly watched as Leeds manager, especially when speaking to the press.
“The one thing you realise here is that when you say something it gets analysed. I’ve never seen a media response to a 4-0 defeat like I saw on Tuesday.
“But people senior to me in this club protected me and I respect that.”
Asked about why he did not appear at his post-made media conference on Monday, Evans said: “I wasn’t given a clear instruction but it was said there would be a preference. I didn’t get as clear an instruction as people thought. It was probably felt that if I was hurting so much then speaking wouldn’t be a good thing for me.”