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Leeds United boss Steve Evans determined to stop team sheet leaks

Steve Evans says he will keep his team selection closely guarded at Leeds United.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans says he will keep his team selections closely guarded at the club.

The former Rotherham United boss told BBC Radio Leeds that in the past when facing the club he has known the Leeds starting line-up before it had been confirmed.

He does not want opposition managers to have the same advantages when facing his side.

Evans also refuted suggestions owner Massimo Cellino would play a part in picking the team.

Speaking after the 1-1 draw at Fulham, he said: "People will say was there a restriction on Sam Byram playing? I picked my team tonight and nobody knew about it until I gave it to the referee. So from that point of view that's how it's going to be going forward.

"We're going to keep things under wraps. I've been in dressing rooms where I've known the Leeds team at two in the afternoon. I won't have that happening again."

Evans does not want any team to gain an advantage over Leeds, and in a competitive league like the Championship, every little thing counts. 

Some managers do not mind the opposition knowing their team in advance, while others like Evans clearly buy into the belief it can provide an edge.

Whatever the circumstances of Leeds' team being leaked in the past, under Evans it appears team selections could be the club's closest guarded secret during his spell in charge.

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