Leeds United: Has Steve Evans changed his mind?

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This is an interview from our sister newspaper The Yorkshire Post dating back to October 2014 and for all Leeds United fans is worth a read.

For his part, Evans – who professed respect for the way the Leeds owner has ploughed millions into the club in a bid to breathe new life into it – believes that when in comes to being the head coach, it is either Cellino’s way or the highway.

He said: “If you are a Dave Hockaday, Darko Milanic or whoever you are – if you take the job under Massimo, you know the rules; he picks the players, you coach the players.

“My interest is the Millers and I pick the players, whether they come, whether they go and our chairman supports that. The minute he doesn’t support it, I go.

“That would be the way it works here and I get fantastic support. I can’t put enough words on it.

“But if you work for Massimo Cellino, you coach the players and get the results from the players he brings in or you pay with your job, that is the way it is.”

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Evans added: “It is the foreign way of doing things and it does not make it right or wrong.

“If you look at Leeds United and Massimo Cellino, where would they be if he had not have stepped in with his millions of pounds?

“I know you can say he sold a player (Ross McCormack) to Fulham for £11m.

“But he has had to put millions of investment into that football club and they do it in that way.

“I have nothing but respect for the guy. If you put the money he has put into a football club, if that is your model, you are entitled to do it.

“But there a lot of English owners, in the Championship and below – probably maybe even in the Premiership – who have a big say in the team also.”

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