By Coral Barry
Leeds are not a big club anymore and cannot be unhappy with Steve Evans as coach, according to club legend Peter Lorimer.
Since being appointed in October, Evans has led Leeds away from possible relegation and Lorimer has questioned the fans who think he is not ‘big’ enough for the Yorkshire club.
Leeds currently sit 13th in the table and have spent the majority of the Championship season in the bottom half of the table and Lorimer has argued that supporters should be expecting big name managers to be interested in the manager’s job at Elland Road.
“Should we be looking for a big name or be expecting a big name? It’s an interesting debate,” said Lorimer writing in his Yorkshire Evening Post column. “In the cold light of day, for all our history and all our previous successes we’re 13th in the Championship.
“We’ve been in that sort of position for several years and we’ve not been in the Premier League for 12.
“The argument about potential and so on has been made endlessly but it’s a long time since we realised it.
“So I think a bit of perspective is necessary.”
Reports have suggested that Massimo Cellino is about to fire his current coach Evans and make him the third Leeds’ manager dismissal in less than a year, but the Italian has moved to deny the claims.
Lorimer is convinced Evans will think he has done what has been asked of him by avoiding relegation and has argued he was never going to be able to push for promotion with the current crop of players.
The Scot is uncertain about whether Evans should be given a permanent contract or not, but has suggested that supporters’ expectations has played a part in the Leeds’ boss unpopularity at Elland Road.
Lorimer is sure that some fans simply do not back Evans because he is not well-known enough to be manager at Leeds.
He explained: “Leeds United are a big club, a big club historically, and that brings with it certain expectations.
“It brings expectations with regards to profile and recruitment and while Steve has done really well as a coach at a lower level, he’d probably accept himself that at Elland Road he doesn’t class as a ‘big name’.