Former Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has insisted that he always had a good relationship with Massimo Cellino during his time at Elland Road.

Leeds’ Italian owner decided against extending Evans’ contract at the end of last season, and bid farewell to the Scotsman to pave the way for Garry Monk’s arrival at the club in the summer.

Cellino is known for his maverick ways, and his strong opinions about the clubs he owns, and many felt Evans didn’t get the proper support from the Leeds owner, both publicly and privately.

The Italian even undermined Evans when he said towards the end of last season that he is not fond of British managers, but former Leeds boss stressed that he had a good relationship with Cellino.

He added that he holds no grudges against the Italian, and is ready to applaud Monk if he can justify Cellino’s faith in him and turn Leeds into promotion contenders.  


Evans told Radio Yorkshire: “Anyone who works with Mr. Cellino ends up as a better manager, and a more considerate person.

“Let me be absolutely clear to the Leeds public, I had a good relationship with Mr. Cellino, and there were certain parts I was not happy with, but you will not find me holding criticism of the man who has put in a lot of money to take the football club forward.

“When I left I said if Mr. Cellino can bring in a coach of a higher level, who can give them a promotion campaign, I will be the first man to applaud it.”