Former Leeds United boss Steve Evans has indicated that chairman Massimo Cellino did subtly try to influence team selection during his stint at Elland Road.

Evans took charge of the Yorkshire giants in October last year, and despite a few tricky periods, managed to steer Leeds away from a relegation fight to a respectable mid-table position at the end of last season.

However, the Scot was released at the end of the campaign despite being a popular figure at Elland Road, and Garry Monk was roped in as his replacement later in the summer.

Cellino has often faced criticism for his handling of affairs at Leeds, and is not the most popular owner amongst the fans too, with some holding protests against him last season.

And Evans indicated that the Leeds owner did try and attempt to influence his team selection, pointing to a specific example.  


The former Leeds boss said on Sky Sports’ Goals on Sunday programme: “We went down to Cardiff, and we got a great result, won 2-0.

“We got battered for most of the evening, but we won 2-0 and on Thursday Mr. Cellino was telling me one of the centre backs looked particularly tired in the last ten minutes.

“And that was to influence the Saturday, but we didn’t change anything.

"You have to go with how you feel and what you pick. 

"You have live or fall by your results.”