Steve Evans explains what Cellino said in the dressing rom v Charlton

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The Leeds boss has once again denied reports about the owner.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans says owner Massimo Cellino did not tell him to chance tactics at half-time against Charlton Athletic, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Similar suggestions were made after the Queens Park Rangers game and Evans similarly denied them.

On this occasion, the Scot says Cellino simply encouraged him and the players - and that his presence was barely noticed in the dressing room.

Evans told the YEP: "All I can say is that this is being overplayed. Yes, Mr Cellino was there but he contributed nothing at all in terms of our tactics or our decisions about players.

"He basically said nothing apart from shaking my hand and saying ‘come on, coach’. It was just a case of him offering encouragement."

Given Cellino's track record, it's no surprise interference from the Italian is being reported, even if it isn't true.

Given the Leeds owner's constant presence in the dressing room, meanwhile, it seems only a matter of time before he does say something to the coach or the players. Could that be the day Evans walks?

Then again, that assumption, too, is simply based on track record.

Next up for Leeds is a televised trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday night. It's a tough test but the outcome depends very much on which Whites team turns up. The hard-working, dedicated one can certainly get a result. The mediocre one that has graced the Championship so often certainly isn't.

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