Steve Evans leaves Leeds: Cellino offers thank you message, confirms managerial search

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Steve Evans has left his position as Leeds United boss.

Leeds' manager Steve EvansFormer Leeds manager Steve Evans

Leeds United have confirmed on their official website that manager Steve Evans has left the club, with Massimo Cellino confirming the search for a new manager is on.

Evans, 53, became Leeds manager back in October when Uwe Rosler left the club, having only left Rotherham United weeks earlier.

Leeds United manager Steve EvansEx-Leeds United manager Steve Evans

The Scot was handed the task of keeping Leeds in the Championship, and achieved that task with time to spare, as Leeds finished 13th in the Championship table under Evans guidance, ending the season with just one defeat in the final six games.

However, with Evans' contract at Elland Road expiring this summer, he has widely been expected to leave the club, following predecessors Brian McDermott, David Hockaday, Darko MIlanic, Neil Redfearn and Rosler out of Elland Road under the ownership of Massimo Cellino.

Leeds United manager Steve EvansEx-Leeds United manager Steve Evans

Now, Leeds have confirmed on their official website that Evans has left the club, with assistant boss Paul Raynor also leaving Elland Road.

Chairman Massimo Cellino confirmed that the club are now looking for a new manager, but thanked Evans for his efforts and keeping Leeds in the Championship.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans applauds the fans after the gameEx-Leeds United manager Steve Evans applauds the fans

"I would like to thank Steve Evans for his efforts as the head coach of Leeds United," said Cellino. "Steve completed the job he was brought in to carry out – to keep the team in the Championship - and his hard work here has been greatly appreciated.

"I wish him and Paul Raynor the very best for the future. We have, however, decided that a different approach is required in order to achieve our targets for the new season. The Club is now looking to appoint a new head coach to build on the good work of Steve and Paul and deliver the special season which our supporters deserve," he added.

The news brings a week of rumours to an end, as last week Leeds were turned down by Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke according to the Bristol Post, whilst BBC Sport also reported that Leeds were snubbed by MK Dons manager Karl Robinson.

Other managers will now be targeted, with ex-Swansea City boss Garry Monk the current favourite to replace Evans with bookmakers.

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