The situation regarding Steve Evans’ long-term future at Elland Road is currently up in the air somewhat, with the Leeds United head coach’s short-term deal effectively over.
He wants to stay, a lot of fans want him to stay, but Massimo Cellino doesn’t know what he wants when it comes to his head coach.
Steve Evans hasn’t cut a swathe akin to deforesting the Amazon, but he has accomplished two things: the longest serving head coach under Cellino and also the most successful of the madcap Italian owners tenure in owning the Whites.
Leeds fans are almost pleading with Cellino to give Evans a chance but the Scot has always said that the decision to further his employment at Elland Road lies with a man that he refers to as ‘the president’.
Or it did do until recently, when Evans’ manner of address changed somewhat and instead of ‘the president’, the still-Leeds United head coach began referring to him as ‘Mr Cellino.’ As with everything Leeds United, something was read into this.
— James (@Jamesb17_) May 8, 2016
Then this picture emerged on Twitter of Evans at today’s Peterborough vs. Blackpool match, the Posh being reportedly long-term admirers of Evans and currently sans manager.
Indeed, Evans has already indicated to the Yorkshire Post that he has other irons in the fire telling the newspaper: “We agreed many months ago that we would have the conversation [about renewing his Leeds United contract]when he was ready; he is well aware there is [other]interest in me.”
Peterborough seems to be the one team that writers have said have had a long-term interest in Steve Evans with the Peterborough Telegraph saying way back in September 2015 that he was being courted as a favourite for the Posh job, this before he took up the reins at Elland Road.
That trend has continued, with betting website Skybet currently having Evans as a 4/6 favourite to take charge of League One side Peterborough.
Is the picture of Evans in the stands at the ABAX Stadium merely footballing coincidence or is there something a little more to this game of ‘I Spy Steve Evans’?