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Sports Leeds Manager Revelation: Steve Evans lifts lid on meeting with Massimo Cellino

You have to be wanted.”And the former Crawley and Rotherham boss is reportedly wanted by other clubs, if not Cellino, and has been linked with Celtic and Nottingham Forest.“He [Cellino] is well aware that there’s interest,” Evans added.

Evans told the Yorkshire Evening Post the pair sat down for a prearranged meeting last Friday but the controversial owner gave no indication of whether he would be handed a new deal.

"We agreed many months ago that when he was ready to have the conversation we’d have the conversation," Evans said.

“When you shake hands and say you’ll keep the focus on the football, I’m alright with that."

However, the Scot doesn't seem to be holding out much hope for a new deal, claiming he would leave if he didn't feel valued.

"Every time we win a match it gives me a better chance of staying ? or of another employer in the future," he explained.

“You don’t want to stay if you’re not wanted. You have to be wanted.”

And the former Crawley and Rotherham boss is reportedly wanted by other clubs, if not Cellino, and has been linked with Celtic and Nottingham Forest.

“He [Cellino] is well aware that there’s interest,” Evans added.

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28/04
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Sports Leeds United News: Evans confirms summit, £330,000 Cellino ruling, Nottingham Forest snub

All my concentration is on what’s ahead in the next couple of weeks."I think like everything else there’s always going to be a bit of speculation around everybody."Probably because I played for Forest for a number of years is the reason, and Roy had some interest from Celtic the last time around before the manager got the job."I’m speaking to FAI chief executive John Delaney very shortly and I think John’s pretty relaxed about a new contract, as I am myself.".

Leeds United have been ordered to pay Brian McDermott's former assistant £330,000 damages for unlawful dismissal.

Nigel Gibbs, who worked under McDermott and then David Hockaday at Elland Road, was given the six-figure pay-out as compensation.

He said his position at Leeds became untenable when Cellino told him he “could do some cleaning work” at Leeds' Thorp Arch training ground.

He was demoted to working with the under-18 and under-21 squads after a clash with Hockaday, who has also since left the club.

Mr Justice Langstaff ordered Leeds to pay out the sum at London's High Court today.

Leeds had claimed Mr Gibbs had walked away from the job but the judge upheld the claim of constructive unlawful dismissal.

This is not the first time Cellino has become embroiled in an employment dispute.

Earlier this month former academy welfare and education officer Lucy Ward won her claim of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination against Leeds.

A tribunal panel believed owner Cellino had made sexist comments against Ms Ward.

And Leeds are set to fork out another large compensation fund when a decision is made on the settlement later this year.

Meanwhile, manager Steve Evans is also fighting for his job and says he will hold a summit with Cellino to discuss his future.

Evans, 53, steered Leeds away from Championship relegation when he arrived at the club back in October.

"We agreed many months ago that when he was ready to have the conversation we’d have the conversation," Evans tad the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“When you shake hands and say you’ll keep the focus on the football, I’m alright with that."

He added: "Every time we win a match it gives me a better chance of staying ? or of another employer in the future," he explained.

“You don’t want to stay if you’re not wanted. You have to be wanted.”

Evans could be seeking a new club this summer but the manager will not head to Nottingham Forest, the club have confirmed.

There were claims Championship side Forest were seeking to employ the Scot ahead of next season.

But the Nottingham Post claim club bosses have rejected the idea and are instead chasing Martin O'Neill.

Former Aston Villa boss O'Neill has said he could leave his Republic of Ireland post after Euro 2016, with his assistant linked with the soon-to-be vacant Celtic job.

"I can’t speak for Roy and possibly can’t even speak for myself either," O'Neill said of the proposed appointments.

"I’m in this job at the moment and am enjoying it immensely. All my concentration is on what’s ahead in the next couple of weeks.

"I think like everything else there’s always going to be a bit of speculation around everybody.

"Probably because I played for Forest for a number of years is the reason, and Roy had some interest from Celtic the last time around before the manager got the job.

"I’m speaking to FAI chief executive John Delaney very shortly and I think John’s pretty relaxed about a new contract, as I am myself."

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28/04
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Sports Leeds make offer for highly rated young star

Peacock-Farrell has become an ever-present in the first-team squad this season after Ross Turnbull broke his ankle in November.

Steve Evans has primarily used the 19-year-old as understudy to first-choice Marco Silvestri but handed him his senior debut against QPR this month.

And the Yorkshire Post claim United are keen to tie him down long-term after he signed a 12-month deal with the club last summer.

And Evans has since suggested there will be more opportunities for the teenager in the first team as the season comes to a close.

“He’ll hopefully get involved to start a game before the end of the season,” he said.

The youngster is said to be considering the two-year deal but could leave the club if first-team football isn't forthcoming.

Current No.1 Silvestri still has two years left to run on his deal and is firmly established as Evans' first choice

And former Chelsea man Turnbull is due back from his ankle injury in the summer and still has 12 months on his contract.

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26/04
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Sports Celtic target Steve Evans: This is what I'll do if Leeds sack me

I’ve supported them since I was two - and that’s not two years old, that’s two seconds old."You’re born a Celtic supporter, the same as Leeds supporters. That’s why there’s so many of them and that’s why they’re both great clubs."But I’m the head coach of this great club and that’s the only focus I’ve got.”.

The Scot, who only took charge last October, is under increasing pressure at Elland Road despite already securing the club's Championship status for another season.

Evans, who has been linked with a summer move to Celtic, has received several public dressing downs by Leeds owner Cellino in recent months.

But the 53-year-old insists he has a good relationship with the Italian and admits he'd be heartbroken to leave a big club such as Leeds.

“I don’t think annoyance will come into it,” Evans told the Yorkshire Evening Post when asked about potentially getting sacked.

“Shedding tears would, disappointment would. This is a special club and I love being a part of it. You are very lucky to be associated with it.

“I won’t have to chase the president ? we have a good relationship, we have a difference of opinion which is normal. I have made it clear I want to be here but I won’t stay not wanted. You have to be wanted.”

Evans recently admitted he is flattered to be linked with the job at Celtic, whose current manager Ronny Deila will leave at the end of the season.

“It’s flattering for any coach to be linked to any job but you can’t let it take away focus from the job in hand," the lifelong Hoops fan said.

Celtic are an iconic football club but Leeds United are an iconic football club. My only focus is on representing this famous badge.

“The only job at that appeals to me at the moment is being head coach of Leeds United. I want to be the Leeds United head coach going forward.

"I’ve never hidden that but the final decision lies with someone else.

“I will always be a Celtic supporter. I’ve supported them since I was two - and that’s not two years old, that’s two seconds old.

"You’re born a Celtic supporter, the same as Leeds supporters. That’s why there’s so many of them and that’s why they’re both great clubs.

"But I’m the head coach of this great club and that’s the only focus I’ve got.”

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25/04
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Sports Lifelong Celtic fan Steve Evans discusses job link: Odds slashed on Scot leaving Leeds

Evans, 53, is a lifelong Hoops fan, having been brought up in Glasgow.

Odds on him succeeding Ronny Deila tumbled from 66/1 to 5/1 in two days, according to the Yorkshire Post.

Celtic are seeking a new boss after Norwegian Deila confirmed he will walk away at the end of the season.

Evans' job at Leeds is far from secure but he is adamant Celtic won't convince him to leave Elland Road.

“It’s flattering for any coach to be linked to any job but you can’t let it take away focus from the job in hand," the Scot said.

Celtic are an iconic football club but Leeds United are an iconic football club. My only focus is on representing this famous badge.

“The only job at that appeals to me at the moment is being head coach of Leeds United. I want to be the Leeds United head coach going forward.

"I’ve never hidden that but the final decision lies with someone else.

“I will always be a Celtic supporter. I’ve supported them since I was two - and that’s not two years old, that’s two seconds old.

"You’re born a Celtic supporter, the same as Leeds supporters. That’s why there’s so many of them and that’s why they’re both great clubs.

"But I’m the head coach of this great club and that’s the only focus I’ve got.”

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is reportedly considering replacing Evans in the summer, despite the boss succeeding in keeping the club away from relegation since his arrival last October.

He is the sixth man to work under controversial president Cellino, who recently criticised Evans for speaking too freely to the media about the situation at Elland Road.

As for Celtic, David Moyes remains the frontrunner to get the job this summer, while Owen Coyle and Neil Lennon are also said to be in the running.

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22/04
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Sports Massimo Cellino slams Steve Evans: Is this the final straw for the Leeds boss?

But he doesn't."Evans' job was thought to be at risk last month following the 4-1 defeat to Huddersfield with Cellino hinting he could be let go at the end of the season.“I am a sad man with the way that results have gone this season,” he told Sky Sports.“I won’t be making any changes until the end of the season then I will look at how the whole season has gone and make a decision for the future.”.

Evans took charge at Elland Road in October and is currently the Championship side's longest serving manager of the Cellino era.

The outspoken Italian has already presided over five different bosses since June 2014, axing Dave Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Uwe Rosler and Neil Redfearn - twice.

And now it seems Evans' days could be numbered after Cellino tore into the former Rotherham and Crawley boss in a recent interview.

"He talks too much," he told The Telegraph. 

"He has to learn to shut his mouth. 

"I've told him so many times to stop, you have no idea. But he doesn't."

Evans' job was thought to be at risk last month following the 4-1 defeat to Huddersfield with Cellino hinting he could be let go at the end of the season.

“I am a sad man with the way that results have gone this season,” he told Sky Sports.

“I won’t be making any changes until the end of the season then I will look at how the whole season has gone and make a decision for the future.”

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18/04
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Sports Leeds United approach new manager: Evans discusses his future despite Cellino decision

Evans, 53, said after yesterday’s 3-2 win over Blackburn that he doesn’t know if he will remain at Elland Road past the summer.

"At the moment I am fully focused on our next two games against Wolves and Hull,” Evans said after the win that sees Leeds move up to 12th in the Championship.

"I have never made any secret of the fact that I want to be Leeds' head coach next term.

"In life we would all like decisions to be made quickly but when I asked my wife to marry me she took forever!

"The president (Massimo Cellino) will meet me for talks when he is ready."

The Daily Mail claim controversial owner Cellino has made his mind up about Evans and has opened talks with former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro about a summer appointment.

According to the claims, Cannavaro is said to have been in Leeds yesterday to discuss the position.

The 2006 World Cup winner has never coached in Europe, having been previously employed at Dubai side Al-Ahli Club, Chinese Super League club Guangzhou Evergrande and Al-Nassr.

Were he to replace Evans, the 42-year-old would become the seventh manager to work under Italian Cellino, who took over the club two years ago.

Brian McDermott, Dave Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn and Uwe Rosler have already been sacked by the former Cagliari owner.

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17/04
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