Leeds boss Steve Evans explains why he turned down Sheffield Wednesday job

Sheffield Wednesday wanted to hire new Leeds boss Steve Evans in 2013.

Evans was named Leeds United boss earlier this week, and he has told the Sky Sports FL72 podcast why he turned down the chance to join Sheffield Wednesday under the ownership of Milan Mandaric.

Evans said: “I was very privileged to speak to Milan Mandaric, but it just wasn’t right for me at that time. The club was up for sale, there would have perhaps been a new owner, new directors, and the one thing you think as a manager is ‘who’s going to be my boss, and can you work with me’. People even questioned me with Mr. Cellino.”

Evans has spoken about Wednesday’s interest in hiring him on a number of previous occasions, confirming to the Sheffield Star last month that he was approached by Mandaric to take charge of the Owls before Stuart Gray was hired.

Mandaric held talks with the then-Rotherham boss back before Gray was hired at the end of 2013, but Evans decided against moving to Hillsborough due to the ongoing ownership saga at the club.

The Owls were up for sale, and Evans did not want to commit to working for Mandaric if a new owner was likely, especially as there would be a good chance the new owner would not want Evans in charge, potentially seeing him sacked just weeks after taking charge.

Evans stayed with Rotherham at that time, and got them promoted to the Championship and then secured their survival in the second tier, before leaving earlier this season.

He has now been hired by Leeds, taking one of the few jobs bigger than managing Wednesday in the Championship by switching to Elland Road following the sacking of Uwe Rosler.

Evans is certainly not a hero at Hillsborough, having had a selection of run-ins with the Owls’ support, and Mandaric looks to have dodged a bullet thanks to Evans’ decision not join Wednesday back in 2013.

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