Steve Evans shares his emotions following new Leeds talks with Massimo Cellino
By Alex Stevens
Steve Evans and Massimo Cellino have had a lengthy chat ahead of Leeds’ Championship clash against Charlton but the manager is no closer to learning if he has a future at the club.
Evans has revealed the pair spoke for some time this week but the controversial Italian owner once again ignored the subject of the Scot’s position with just weeks remaining on his contract.
The 53-year-old has comfortably avoiding relegation and taken Leeds into the top half of the Championship after taking 10 points from their last four matches.
Evans said the issue of a deal to replace his current agreement was not discussed with Cellino, raising eyebrows.
“I have had dialogue with him about the team and about Hull City and the performance and how we are going to go forward to Charlton and what I am thinking of doing with he team and what I am not and that was all very positive,” said Evans on Thursday afternoon, as quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
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“But the one thing I know about with Mr Cellino is that when he is ready to talk to me, he won’t by shy in coming to tell me. He will be talking to me, good or bad.”
Evans has been on the end of several dressing downs by Cellino in recent months with the Italian owner accusing the manager of talking too much to the media and claiming he finds it impossible to work with English managers.
The Scot’s current deal expires at the end of June and the continued uncertainty means that Saturday’s clash with Charlton at Elland Road could be his last home game in charge.
“My heart wants so much to be here and my head doesn’t know what to make of it because I am waiting on the answer,” Evans told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “There will be lots of our supporters over the years who have been for interviews and different things and they get down to what the decision is going to be and I am no different.
“I can be excited and nervous at the same time but I have to keep my focus purely on Charlton. I have done that for a number of weeks now and it seems to have worked and when I woke up this morning and I was speaking to family that was my only focus, let’s have a good performance against Charlton.”
The managers who finished United’s last two seasons, Neil Redfearn and Brian McDermott, left soon after amid almost complete silence from Cellino.
Evans has an increasingly strong hand in negotiations as he is drawing interest from elsewhere, with Peterborough joining Nottingham Forest in being strongly linked with the Leeds manager.
Cellino’s decision to often go public with his frustration has sparked endless speculation that the Leeds owner is just biding his time before firing his manager.
In other Leeds news, Evans has admitted he has changed his mind about one Whites outcast.