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Steve Evans stresses Cellino never meddled in Leeds team decisions

Leeds United manager Steve Evans (R)

The Scot lasted eight months as Leeds United manager.

Leeds owner Massimo CellinoLeeds owner Massimo Cellino

Quoted by Inside Futbol, former Leeds United boss Steve Evans said that owner Massimo Cellino never interfered with team selections during his reign as manager.

Evans, who only replaced Uwe Rosler in October, was fired by Cellino this week as the ruthless Italian supremo went in search of his seventh manager in just two years, before appointing former Swansea City manager Garry Monk on a 12-month contract.

Leeds manager Steve EvansLeeds manager Steve Evans

Cellino has often been accused of intruding on subjects out of his jurisdiction, such as team selection, tactics and formation, but the 53-year-old says that there was no such meddling from the owner during his eight-month stint as Leeds manager.

“No never, not under my reign," he said via Inside Futbol when asked if his decisions regarding the team were undermined. “I can’t speak for previous coaches. That was a fear of the dressing room when I came in.

“I assured everyone that under me that does not happen; people can give opinions and Mr. Cellino did, but so did all my staff, I welcome opinions."

Leeds United manager Steve Evans (R)Leeds United manager Steve Evans (R)

The Scot was perhaps harshly dismissed, given that he steered a relegation-threatened Leeds side to a comfortable mid-table finish, with the Whites finishing 13th and 19 points clear of the danger zone.

And yet it was not enough to satisfy Cellino. Monk, 37, will know that he will not last long either if the signs for Premier League promotion are not very positive within the opening few months of his reign.

Leeds United owner Massimo CellinoLeeds United owner Massimo Cellino

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