Steve Evans has revealed a broken promise he had with Massimo Cellino during his time as manager at Leeds United.
Evans joined the club in October 2015, as he took over from Uwe Rosler after a poor start to the league campaign. Leeds were just one point off the relegation zone and the players were seemingly struggling to get to grips with Rosler’s dynamic philosophy.
The Whites ended up finishing the season in 13th place and Evans didn’t have his contract renewed, despite claiming that Cellino had promised to renew it during his tenure at the club.
Evans has stated that he’ll always be grateful for becoming Whites manager, but he doesn’t forget the broken promise that was made.
Speaking to Leeds Live, Evans said: “Massimo made me Leeds manager and I’ll always be grateful. But he said he was taking up an option for me to stay another year. We shook hands on it and then he changed his mind.”
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It’s a disappointing way for the manager to end his tenure at the club, and he probably felt like he had done enough to earn another year at Elland Road having guided them firstly to safety and then into a comfortable mid-table position.
Leeds had a reputation at that point in time for going through a number of managers in quick succession and it wouldn’t have surprised Evans to see Cellino decide not to renew his contract.
The Whites are now working with one of the best managers in the world in Marcelo Bielsa and it shows how far the club has come in the space of five years, with the managerial merry go round coming to a halt.