Whites defender Sol Bamba was driven to doing something he wouldn't have under normal circumstances.
Emotions ran high in the dressing room after Leeds United's final game of the season, Sol Bamba has revealed to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Head coach Steve Evans admitted afterwards he fears the 1-1 draw at Preston will be his last in charge of the Whites, with his short-term contract expiring next month.
A controversial appointment, announced on the same day his predecessor Uwe Rosler was sacked, Evans has turned Leeds into a stable outfit against the odds.
The Yorkshire side were 18th when he took over in October but ended the campaign in 13th, and the Scot's efforts haven't gone unnoticed by the players, according to Bamba.
"In the dressing room he thanked us for everything we’ve done since he was appointed," the Ivorian told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"He said he hopes he’ll be here next season but if that’s not the case, he’ll be somewhere else and he’ll be happy to see us.
"He was emotional and so were we. I made a small speech I don’t like to do that but I needed to do it – to thank him on behalf of the players. We were very happy to work with him. Hopefully, we’ll see him again."
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is notorious for his high turnover of managers and, were Evans to leave, he would be the sixth casualty of the Italian's two-year reign.
Bookmakers released odds on the 53-year-old's replacement earlier this week, with former players John Sheridan and Dougie Freedman both highly placed, alongside Cellino's fellow countrymen Fabio Cannavaro and Walter Zenga.
Evans, though, is claimed to have offers of his own, with Celtic, Nottingham Forest and Peterborough United all listed as potential suitors.