Leeds United: Evans has done all he can, now it’s up to Cellino – Ritchie

Charlie Taylor.

Charlie Taylor.

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YOU have got to say that of all the recent managers/head coaches that Leeds United have had, Steve Evans has been the most successful.

In terms of point tallies, he could take the club to their best haul in five seasons if they finish the season well with two games to go against Charlton this afternoon and at Preston next weekend and he is the most successful of all the ‘watermelons’ employed by Mr Cellino...

But obviously, there’s now the subject of Steve’s future. I read an article from Steve the other day saying he hasn’t known what is happening in terms of the future with the president for a while. Whether it is a good thing or bad thing, I just don’t know.

But if Leeds achieve their best points tally since 2010-11 and possibly finish in the top ten, that has got to be progress hasn’t it?

The rumoured talk of other rival clubs being linked with him will represent a nice ‘comfort blanket’ for Steve.

But it is clearly obvious that he really wants to stay at Leeds United and take the job on and take it further. He will fancy his chances if he is allowed another go at it next season.

But the problem also for Steve is he will know what will happen if he doesn’t get it right at Leeds at the beginning of next season and the opportunity will fade away.

Steve has been linked with Celtic which is a massive club and he was a boyhood fan. But he clearly feels loyalty to Leeds and is making all the right notes.

It’s certainly a fine line with Mr Cellino in terms of what you do and say.

It is the time of year when end-of-season awards are being handed out and Charlie Taylor has been named as the Yorkshire Evening Post’s player of the season at Leeds United for 2015-16 and I felt it was always going to be between him and Lewis Cook.

I like Charlie; he’s quick, strong and gets forward and is left-footed as well, which always helps. Clubs are always looking for good left-footed players.

He has got a good future ahead of him and has been consistent and seems to have that hunger and hopefully he will keep on that level of progress and if he does, then the future is very bright for him.

Obviously this week, away from Leeds United, Hillsborough has been the subject of everyone’s attentions again with inquests concluding that 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed and I obviously remember the semi-final there with Leeds in 1987 in front of another massive crowd with Leeds fans in abundance.

It was a lovely hot day with everyone there in T-shirts and you can’t equate things with what happened a couple of years later, unfortunately.

But that said, what happened there in 1989 could have involved any team, not only Liverpool.

Everyone’s sympathy has to go to the families in terms of what they have gone through and it is ridiculous they have had to wait 27 years for justice.

How can that happen in the modern day blows your mind really, and doesn’t bare thinking about.

While there was a (hooligan) minority back in the 1980s, the vast majority of supporters were treated as trouble causers and tarred with the same brush when they weren’t and thankfully that has gone out of the game now.

This weekend promises to be a big one for the story of the Premier League this season in Leicester City, who can wrap up an incredible success at Old Trafford – what a place to win the league at.

Leicester certainly won’t need any motivation – and Claudio Ranieri definitely won’t.

What Leicester have done hasn’t set a precedent, for me. But what it does remind me of is when we at Leeds got to that cup semi-final and also when I was at Oldham and we got into the Premier League and upset the odds.

These episodes showed what can be done. You look at the budget that Leicester have got and how they have done it, bringing in the likes of Vardy and Mahrez, who they bought for something like £400,000 from a lower-league French side.

It shows you can reap the rewards if you keep working hard and pushing and make shrewd additions.

Refreshingly, Leicester have achieved what they have in a kind of old-fashioned style and they get ‘stuck in’ and I like that.

Everyone is moaning and saying Leicester are ‘physical’ which is a load of rubbish. They should have tried playing when we were. That was physical and far more than what it is today.

Leicester’s achievement is absolutely awesome and I take my hat off to them.

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