Announcement expected: New Leeds manager twist as appointment closer following talks - report
By Alex Stevens
Leeds United are close to appointing Karl Robinson as their new manager, according to a report.
Steve Evans is out of contract next month and has been left in the dark as to whether he will continue in the Elland Road dugout.
Sky Sports News claimed on Monday afternoon there has been contact between Leeds and representatives of MK Dons manager Robinson and talks are underway.
Robinson was installed last week as the bookmakers’ favourites to replace Evans, who only took over at Leeds in October of last year. He could be appointed as soon as this week.
Evans, who is due back at work on Wednesday after a short break, has spoken of his frustration at not knowing if he will be axed.
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He released a statement on Monday morning that said: “I’m hurting at not knowing my future but I respect the right of the club to make big decisions at a time and manner that suits.”
Robinson, 35, is the third longest-serving boss in English football’s top four tiers after being appointed in May 2010, but could not keep the Dons up in the club’s first Championship season.
Robinson has previously indicated he wants to stay at Stadium:MK and chairman Pete Winkelman has said “it’s in Karl’s hands”, but that he needs to prove he has learned the lessons of this season.
Evans’ reign could now be over within days, as his contract at Leeds expires in June and his job has been left hanging by a thread after owner owner Massimo Cellino accused him of “talking too much” and claiming he “cannot work with English managers.”
Evans is in line to become the sixth manager to be dismissed since Cellino took over the Yorkshire club in 2014.
But the Scot, 53, is increasingly in demand after steering Leeds away from a relegation fight and has been linked with Nottingham Forest and League One club Peterborough.
Evans, who achieved promotions with Rotherham and Crawley before being lured to Elland Road last October, broke down in tears in the wake of Leeds’ 1-1 draw against Preston eight days ago and accepted afterwards that he had “maybe” managed the club for the final time.