Steve Evans' job is to talk; Massimo Cellino's is to support him

Elland Road

The Leeds United manager was recently told he talks too much by the club's owner.

In recent comments published by the Guardian, Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino said he felt his manager at Elland Road, Steve Evans, had been expressing his thoughts too much.

The Whites boss is not afraid to speak his mind and he can often be a reporter’s dream; however, Cellino appeared to publically reprimand him for some of his recent comments.

“The last few weeks he has been talking too much about the future, his contract, the players,” Cellino said. “He has to focus on the game.”

While the games are of course the most important factor in any football manager’s career, they are far from the only one, and it could be argued that their job is to speak…to answer whatever questions are thrown their way.

Evans will never shirk from that and as the manager of a club constantly generating headlines he cannot be blamed for speaking out; be that about his future or the players he is tasked with getting the best out of.

In contrast, Cellino’s role as owner is not to speak but to support the man he has tasked with leading his club, and yet time and again the Italian makes headlines of his own – which in turn can prompt even more questions that Evans is apparently no longer able to answer.

It is a vicious cycle and it is unlikely to end any time soon. But Cellino should understand that he is not the manager of Leeds, and until he is he should allow the man in charge to talk openly and regularly about all aspects of his role.

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