Steve Evans comments on Leeds United exit, suggests transfer targets weren't appreciated

Leeds United manager Steve Evans applauds the fans after the game

Evans has parted company with the Elland Road club today.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans applauds the fans after the gameLeeds United manager Steve Evans applauds the fans after the game

Steve Evans has left Leeds United this evening, after being informed that his contract will not be renewed at the club.

The Leeds head coach was informed of the decision by the club secretary Stuart Hayton at Elland Road earlier today.

The news has been brewing for some time, with Leeds owner Massimo Cellino speaking to other managers regarding Evans’ job.

Leeds United owner Massimo CellinoLeeds United owner Massimo Cellino

Now the Scot has been speaking to Sky Sports News HQ regarding his departure and confirmed there were no hard feelings between him and Leeds United’s maverick owner:

“You have to keep your dignity; you have to keep your respect. If you come out that club it’s a sad day, it always will be. My career will move on but it’s been a wonderful experience.

“No not at all…I don’t feel undermined. They’ve got a duty now to make sure they go in and fight for automatic promotion.

Leeds manager Steve EvansLeeds manager Steve Evans

He was then asked what he would say to his potential successor. Whilst Evans did not expressly comment on what he would tell the next Leeds United boss if he was pressed for advice he did suggest assurances over transfers were an issue for him in his final days with the club:

“I think you just see Leeds United, that’s what you see…

“Anybody who gets the opportunity to manage Leeds United has to seriously consider it. Next you need the support financially and in the market place to do your job.

“One thing that became obvious to me was that the names I had in mind at the end of last season, that would be needed to take this great club forward, were perhaps not being met with the appreciation or the thought process I put behind them.”

But again, he reiterated he respected the opinion of Cellino and made it clear that if they met again it would be a friendly atmosphere:

“I wish the club great. I hope he (Cellino) gets it right and they go and win promotion. I’ll be the first to have a scotch with him and give him a hug.”

Swansea manager Garry MonkSwansea manager Garry Monk

Leeds have been linked with a host of names to replace Evans including Darrel Clarke, Garry Monk and Quique Sanchez Flores.

For now the search goes on as Cellino prepares to work with an astonishing seventh manager during his short spell in charge of Leeds United affairs.

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