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Steve Evans says Massimo Cellino reneged on Leeds promise

Leeds United manager Steve Evans applauds the fans after the game

Former Leeds United boss Steve Evans says he was promised he could stay on.

Leeds' manager Steve EvansFormer Leeds' manager Steve Evans

Former Leeds United boss Steve Evans has shed new light on his exit from the club earlier this summer.

Evans was left hanging on for a month after the season expired before being let go, with Leeds appointing Garry Monk in his place.

Speaking to SkySports News HQ on Monday (1/8) at 10am, Evans claimed he was promised 24 hours before the final game of the season that he could stay on as manager.

Leeds manager Steve EvansFormerLeeds manager Steve Evans

He said: "Cellino did actually [say I could stay]. The day before we travelled to Preston I was told that myself and my assistant manager's options would be taken up.

"But...the president decided to change him mind a week or two later. That's his right, he owns the club, but it was a double disappointment."

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the standsLeeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the stands

Evans did not come across in the interview as bitter, but simply disappointed that he could not have stayed longer at a club which he developed a real admiration for.

Despite Cellino's claimed promise, Evans may have suspected all was not quite right, given the way he appeared to wave goodbye to supporters on the final day of the campaign.

At that point the Italian's mind may well have been undecided, and the 0-0 draw away to Preston could have been a contributing factor, against say if Evans' side had roared towards a 4-0 away win.

Leeds United manager Steve EvansLeeds United manager Steve Evans

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