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Steve Evans say he'd have a job if Cellino sacked him earlier

Leeds United manager Steve Evans (R)

Steve Evans waited over three weeks to discover if he had a future as Leeds United manager.

Leeds manager Steve Evans

Speaking to the Telegraph and Argus, former Leeds United manager Steve Evans has suggested that he would not be currently unemployed had owner Massimo Cellino not waited so long to reveal his future.

The Scot was dismissed as Leeds boss on May 31, some 24 days after the Whites finished their Championship campaign.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans

Speculation over his long-term future had dominated Leeds-related headlines in the final weeks and months of the season, but an official decision only came two weeks ago.

It was reported by The Mirror on May 8 that Cellino had every intention to sack him, but the Italian said he was in "no rush" to swing the axe.

Now, Evans has suggested that he turned down approaches from Championship clubs while waiting to hear whether Cellino - who has now fired six managers in two years - was going to retain him.

“I would have been managing in the Championship now if I had known Leeds’ decision earlier," he told the Telegraph and Argus.

“But Mr Cellino has gone and appointed Garry Monk, so I can’t have too many grievances."

Leeds United manager Steve Evans (R)

Leeds United manager Steve Evans

Evans might count himself hugely unfortunate not to have been given a full season in charge, having led Leeds to a 13th-placed finish after his remit upon replacing Uwe Rosler in October was to avoid relegation.

Despite being treated relatively unfairly by the Italian, Evans had been respectful toward his former boss after his departure, but perhaps he does harbour a degree of resentment over the fact he was left in limbo for so long - and few could blame him for doing so.

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