Do Steve Evans' latest comments suggest a hands-on approach at Leeds United in Massimo Cellino's absence?

Massimo Cellino 2

The Leeds boss seems to be doing a lot of work off the pitch at Elland Road.

Yesterday Leeds United boss Steve Evans took the chance to speak to the local media about his team's upcoming friendly with Wycombe Wanderers.

Of course that is not all he had to talk about.

Leeds are currently trying to tie down loan deals and one man to a new contract.

He had this to say on the matter of Sam Byram's current contract situation, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post:

“I had a lovely chat with Sam and I am waiting to speak to Sam’s agent.

“I made a call to him and he’s called me back but we’ve missed each other.

“But we’ll speak and I have explained to Sam in clear detail and I don’t need to say it publicly what I think of him...

“But he has to want to be at Elland Road so I am going to have a chat with his representative and just see where they are."

The right-back's deal of course expires in the summer and he has already rejected one offer from Massimo Cellino. So it is great to see Evans doing his utmost to convince the 22-year-old to stay.

But does it hint at a level of control for Evans that previous managers did not have at Elland Road?

This season Adam Pearson was supposed to deal with the off-field stuff, but he left. Cellino took over but he is now banned from the club by the Football League. Could it be that Evans has therefore assumed the old fashioned role of manager at Leeds, rather than head coach.

With nobody else in place to handle the details of transfer dealings it seems as though Evans has taken it upon himself to become an almost Sir Alex Ferguson like figure in the transfer market.

Which is certainly a throwback to what many would suggest was a better time.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch