Bamba reveals Cellino plans to inform Leeds players of Evans decision
By Coral Barry
Sol Bamba has revealed the Leeds players will receive a text from Massimo Cellino when he decides on Steve Evans’ future.
The Leeds manager is expected to leave the club in the coming days, but there has so far been no word from owner Cellino.
Evans, 53, was given a six-month rolling contract in October, but has not so far been offered a permanent deal with Leeds wrapping up their season on Saturday with a 1-1 draw against Preston.
Bamba has admitted waiting for the decision has been stressful for all the Leeds squad and he is resigned to waiting by the phone for a text as he prepares to jet off for his summer holidays.
“We just have to wait and see but we are like him in that we don’t know any more,” said Bamba after the Preston game, as quoted by the Yorkshire Post on Sunday.
“We are just going to go away on holiday tomorrow and receive a text to let us know when we need to come back and who is going to be the manager.
“It’s not ideal because we don’t know when we are coming back which is annoying but that’s what we are going to do.”
Evans took over the reigns with Leeds locked in a relegation battle, but managed to steer the club away from the drop zone and eventually finished in 13th.
Cellino has opted to voice his concerns about Evans publicly in the past, but has remained silent on his plans for the future in recent weeks and whether they include Evans or not.
However, speculation has been rife that Cellino has merely been biding his time to dismiss his sixth manager in two years, because of his tense relationship with the Football League.
Cellino has twice been banned by the Football League from owning Leeds, but has remained in charge since he bought the club in 2014.
However, Bamba believes that regardless of whether Evans leaves Elland Road, he deserves praise for his efforts.
The centre-back said: “I think Steve deserves a lot of credit because he has worked under extremely difficult circumstances and he has done very well.
“If this is his last game then obviously we wish him all the best but we will be sad because he has done very well.”