Leeds fans send clear message to Cellino with chant about who should be next manager
By Coral Barry
Leeds supporters have urged Massimo Cellino to keep Steve Evans at Elland Road after they serenaded their manager in the wake of the team’s final game of the season.
Evans’ side ended their Championship campaign with a 1-1 draw away to Preston and the travelling 5000-strong Leeds contingent used the end of game lap of honour to send a clear message to the club’s owner.
Chants of “there’s only one Steve Evans” rang out around the Deepdale stadium as the 53-year-old walked over to thank the huge travelling support.
The Leeds manager was also clearly emotional as he applauded the fans and in the video below, covered his face as he tried to hold back the tears.
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Reports that Cellino is ready to sack the Leeds manager have intensified in recent weeks with the controversial owner failing to give Evans any assurances that he will be handed a new contract during talks.
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The manager has spoken with optimism about being handed an extension to his current deal, which expires next month.
But the Scotsman’s reaction at the final whistle on Saturday suggests that he is in fact expecting to leave the club in the coming days.
Leeds finish the campaign 13th in table, with Evans successfully managing to steer the Yorkshire club away from the drop zone.
In other Leeds news, Evans has given an update on the future of one of his star players.