Massimo Cellino makes admission regarding Steve Evans, needs time to consider Leeds managerial future

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The Whites owner says his manager has done the job he was brought in to do, but still offered no reassurances over his future.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has told the Mirror that manager Steve Evans has done the job that he was appointed to do, but was no more reassuring on his future than he has been in recent weeks.

Evans was named as Uwe Rosler's replacement at Elland Road in October with the club just a single point outside the relegation zone and looking in serious danger of an unthinkable drop back to the third tier just six years after promotion.

However, the former Rotherham United manager oversaw a general improvement in fortunes in the seven months since his arrival, and the Whites sealed a 13th-placed finish with a 1-1 draw against Preston North End on the final day of the season last weekend.

Cellino has given a far from glowing reference of Evans throughout the campaign, insisting that the Glaswegian talks too much and implying that he was not a good enough appointment.

Despite his misgivings, the controversial Italian has now admitted that Evans has done the job that he was brought in to do at Elland Road, but insisted that he needed a week or two to "cool off" before making a decision on the managerial future of the club.

Cellino told the Mirror: "Steve did the job he was taken on for. He signed a contract until the end of the current season.

"Now I need to know from the shareholders what programme they want from me for next season. Believe me, I'm not ready at this moment to give any answer. I need one or two weeks to cool down and focus better."

Evans signed a deal until the end of the season in October and though his contract, which currently runs out on 30 June, has an option to be extended for a second year, all the signs are pointing to the conclusion that Cellino and the club will go a different way for next season.

Cellino has had six 'permanent' managers, plus Neil Redfearn's stint as caretaker boss, since taking control of the club just over two years ago, and Evans' seven-month reign is the longest under the Italian's rule.

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