Steve Evans was officially dismissed by Leeds United yesterday.
Cellino was actively looking for Evans’ replacement, while the 53-year-old was still at Elland Road.
Evans insists that he had no qualms with that approach, and the Scottish boss even said that he initially felt that Cellino was only scouring his options to see who else was out there.
However, after hearing that Leeds had been targeting the likes of Karl Robinson and Darrell Clarke, Evans came to the realisation that there was no chance that Cellino was going to extend his contract at Elland Road.
“I’ve always believed that if you’re a club owner, you are duty bound to put the best man in the chair for the job,” Evans said.
“If Mr. Cellino has seen fit to speak to other people. One, I had to ask myself the question whether he was doing it because he doubted me, or two, was he doing it because he believed there was something better on the market.
“For a period of time I believed that it was the second one of those two, but then I saw some people linked with the job and I took the opinion that it wasn’t going to be me.”
Robinson and Clarke both turned down the Leeds job to stay with MK Dons and Bristol Rovers respectively.
Leeds have now turned their attentions to appointing former Swansea City boss Garry Monk, after Evans’ dismissal was officially announced yesterday.
Monk is reportedly in talks with Leeds and he is currently the odds-on favourite to land the job at Elland Road.
Leeds have already announced their ambitions to mount a push for the play offs next season, by offering supporters part-refunds on their season tickets if they don’t make the top six.