Leeds United boss comments on fans at Preston

Leeds United East Stand

The 53-year-old was blown away by the support from the Whites' fans.

Speaking to TV Yorkshire, Leeds United boss Steve Evans has reflected on an emotional Saturday afternoon at Preston North End.

The Whites rounded off their Championship season with a 1-1 draw at Deepdale, with Jordan Hugill netting a last-minute equaliser to deny Leeds after a second-half penalty from Chris Wood had put them on the brink of all three points.

For Evans, it might prove to be his final game in charge of the club as he awaits a decision from owner Massimo Cellino to discover whether he has earned one full season at the helm, having replaced Uwe Rosler back in October.

It was a meaningless fixture for Leeds, with Evans comfortably achieving his remit of steering the club away from relegation as the Scot's troops finished 13th in the Championship, 19 points clear of the bottom three.

Despite there being nothing at stake for the team, thousands of United fans packed into the away end and supported their side, before Evans acknowledged them at the end of the game in an exchange which the supporters looked to appreciate.

He told TV Yorkshire: "My assistant manager said to me at the end of the game, as we walked down to the Leeds United supporters: 'look at that sight'.

"Nothing to play for at Preston, on the last day of the season and there was still people who couldn't get tickets for today in that away end. I shed tears today. I thought I had controlled it, but then Paul Raynor said 'look at that sight. Let's never forget this'."

 

Offering Evans a one-year extension will not transform Cellino into a loveable figure at Elland Road, but it may earn him a sliver in credit given the fact he has dismissed five managers in just two short years.

 

Consequently, it has been nigh-on impossible for any manager to achieve a sense of prolonged stability, but the early signs under Evans are positive and the majority of fans seem to be keen on him being there next term.

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