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Report: Imminent appointment at Leeds United, but can Evans stay?

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Is Steve Evans willing to work under a director of football?

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino wants to imminently appoint a sporting director, The Telegraph reported last night.

The role at the club ceased to exist after Nicola Salerno left Leeds last summer, but Cellino is convinced that having one is vital to the team's long-term success.

Despite frequent clashes between managers and sporting directors over signing players, Cellino feels that his hire and fire regime of head coaches requires stability higher up the chain.

He said: "When am I going to find a manager in England who is actually a coach? They want to control everything. But it’s wrong because when they go you have to start all over again."

The paper report: "Nicola Salerno vacated that role [sporting director] last year and Cellino intends to appoint a replacement imminently."

Where this leaves head coach Steve Evans remains to be seen, and may depend on how the Scotsman feels about working alongside somebody who controls the club's transfer policy.

Evans is a fiery character who will not be afraid to speak out if he does not get his own way, but he is also a head coach who is very active in the transfer market and likes to use it as often as possible.

In 2014/15 he brought no less than 31 players into Rotherham United, and in his short spell at Leeds has signed three players, two on loan, and would have gone for more had the team been in a better position in the Championship and Cellino freed up the chequebook.

Evans would have to cede power and adapt his style if he is to work under a sporting director, and if he is unwilling to do so then Cellino will surely have no problem in appointing a manager who is happy to fit into his structure.

 

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