Monday was quite a day in the life of a Leeds United fan, and for Mr Cellino. One news story seemed to follow another as the first news of the day came early on with Uwe Rosler being relieved of his duties as Leeds manager. In all honesty, matters on the field seem to pale into insignificance compared to the problems off the field, and therein lies the problem, the actual reason we watch Leeds United is not the main headline any more, the football has taken a back foot, and it’s not good enough.

That in isolation is not a major problem, as the performances this season have been thoroughly underwhelming, with the Brighton fixture having the feel of the end of his time. Rosler said the decision was “definitely not mutual” but offered little else in the way of comment, due the issue being a legal matter being dealt with by the LMA (where have we heard that one before?) But that was just the start of the day. The news that Steve Evans, the former Crawley and Rotherham manager, was taking training with the likelihood of him taking the job on a permanent process.

The news that Evans was taking training was greeted with a largely apathetic response, with most fans being of the viewpoint that he won’t last very long, and if he does then Cellino could wake up one day and decide he’s racked up too much in catering expenses and sack him anyway. The news inevitably came that he’d been given the job until the end of the season, with the option of a further year added in, a suspiciously quick turnaround considering Rosler had only been gone for a matter of hours. Cellino seems to have taken to Evans quite quickly, saying he has passion, aggression and even calling him a “mother****er”, apparently in a good way.

Last week I wrote an article about Alex Mowatt being the key to Leeds finding form, and duly he delivered some fantastic set pieces on Saturday, one of them being converted by Liam Cooper. Steve Evans main task will be instilling confidence into a side that looks bereft of it, and the impact of Neil Redfearn leaving can be seen in the performances of Alex Mowatt and the other young players, who seem to have lost that belief they had before. Evans will be taking his squad to Fulham on Wednesday looking to get a win and if you were Fulham looking at this, you’d be targeting 3 points. Of course, Evans could turn out to be a fantastic manager, but that’s not the main issue here, the issue is that it’s lather, rinse and repeat with Cellino. Just when it seemed all was going well, Adam Pearson left, now he’s back to the same old story, sacking a manager and talking up the new guy, only he’ll likely lose patience with him after 3 games.

The cherry on top of the over indulgent, bitter cake was the news that Cellino has been handed a ban until next summer over another conviction. As ever he has 2 weeks to respond and is likely to appeal, but with the club in turmoil and more court cases due to come before the end of the year, he could end up extending that ban even further. All this has put a lot of pressure on him to consider his future as owner of Leeds United, something that he considered after the last ban, but this time you feel that he’s simply going to keep accumulating bans and it will leave the club in a dangerous position.

Steve Evans talked ahead of the clash with Fulham, “You start to realise how frightening it is. I thought we’d take 1,000 to Fulham. It’s 4,000. It’s incredible. Getting the job has been overwhelming, I didn’t know an iPhone could take 840 text messages.”

Liam Cooper has trained with the squad and is fit enough to make the trip, while Evans has also stated that the day he doesn’t pick the first team squad is the day he will no longer be Leeds United manager. It will be an interesting ride with Steve Evans as Leeds United manager, but the wider picture, the future of the club’s ownership and leadership in the immediate and long term future lies very much in the unknown category.

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  • Irving45

    Best appointment for a decade or more. Excellent track record, bags of energy and a Glaswegian to boot. Can’t wait for the interviews with Eddie.

    • TSS

      I hope the guy does well, simply because it means Leeds are doing well, but it all seems so pointless when it’s hard to imagine he’ll be given enough time to make much of an impact.

      • Matthew

        Given that he has Fulham, Bolton, Blackburn, and Huddersfield, Rotherham, in his next 6 games. If he doesn’t get something from those, there’s a case arguably for him to go. Cardiff will probably be a loss. Point really is that he has a run of games against bottom half table teams. As far as games go, this is an ideal situation for him to make a case to stay if he gets the results.

        • Scally Lad

          Right. We should easily be able to snag at least 15 of a possible 18 points in forthcoming weeks in matches against all these loser sides. With a bit of luck, we could be well positioned for a major turnaround.

          • Matthew

            I would love to see that, but you know, this is Leeds. Expectations can be shattered like glass after a few bad results.

          • Irving45

            If Evans can’t put the proverbial, you know where, I don’t know who can.

      • Irving45

        Cellino is just us writ large. We are desperate for success, he is, and so is Evans, it seems. But are the players ?

  • Matthew

    I think it’s unfair to judge him before he’s even had a game. If he turns out to be woeful at the job, get rid and move onto the next, but there’s a big game coming up. If he gets a win, hopefully momentum will carry him forward.

    • PMH

      Keep firing managers until Leeds wins a couple of games? That is the absurd Cellino mindset.

  • oldschoolbaby

    I can`t say Evans would have been my first choice but looking for the positives – and what else can we do when the club has burrowed into your DNA like some nasty recurring virus – we all know an Evans type character. There are plenty of them in junior and lower league football. The fans can relate to him and so should the players. The problem with Rosler seemed to be that, unless you`ve worked many years in an architects office, you wouldn`t quite be on his wavelength. His insistence on imposing a philosophy and formation before conducting a proper player appraisal wasn`t smart. Evans`s decision to revert to 442 while he figures out what`s what makes sense to me.
    My childhood devotion to, plus ambition to play for, the club was thwarted by my too great a selection of left feet. Consequently, I have played a lot of rugby in my time and have been following both codes with interest of late. I was particularly taken with the Grand Final. That kid Walters must have felt invincible looking round the dressing room at Peacock, Sinfield and the rest of the old warriors. In general I`m a supporter of the club`s focus on youth but, for a long time, a number of us have been advocating the recruitment of a talismanic midfield general ( despite the unpleasant taste in my mouth I was prepared to consider Barton ). Watching Leeds this season I`m not saying we could burn that brightly that we could illuminate the Championship but we`re not that bad. Proper on field leadership and the injection of confidence that would bring could transform this team.
    One good signing, Mr Cellino and Evans could bring the stability the club craves and the profits the restaurateurs of Leeds dream of.

  • PMH

    Selecting managers is NOT like buying a lottery ticket where you keep paying until you find a winner. Cellino is a totally clueless football executive due to serious psychological issues. Even when he makes a good decision, by accident I presume, he has to screw it up ASAP.

    We all know this but the path to the Premiership is the following: 1. Find an owner with lots of money and good business sense. 2. Find a management team with proven credentials for building a Premiership caliber club. 3. Keep building up the player talent with judicious purchases. You are going to have to buy and sell because you can’t keep top talent in the Championship. 4. Be patient because this all takes 2-4 seasons.

    Nothing will happen with Cellino in charge, except careening from one crisis to the next. Evans is irrelevant. A few wins, a few losses, it really doesn’t matter unless you are happy with bottom of the Championship level football.

    • oldschoolbaby

      Hey, PMH, I thought you were taking a break from football ??
      Passion for football robs you of your objectivity. In our quiet reflective moments we entirely agree with you. BUT and DOUBLE BUT you can`t make someone sell if they don`t want to and you can`t magic a perfect buyer when you need one. Points 2,3 and 4 then become irrelevant.
      So, we`re off to do aerobatics in a badly maintained plane with a maniac and a clown as captain and co-pilot. If we can conquer our fear it could be the best laugh ever. You may insist on an aisle seat near the exit but my guess is you`ll be along for the ride.

      • Irving45

        And, of course, Evans is not just a clown – successive promotions with two teams in the last six (is it ?) years, irrespective of the level, is hugely impressive.

        • PMH

          His ability is irrelevant because he won’t last.

          • Irving45

            He will if he can stabilise us with a mid-table position this season.

          • oldschoolbaby

            Fair enough, credit where it`s due. However, if you were to order a clown from central casting and Evans appeared you would be rather pleased. Some footage of him makes me chuckle and it`s been difficult to get Leeds United and chuckle into the same sentence for a long time.
            Conversely, if you ordered a grey man from casting you would have no complaints about Hockaday, Milanic or Rosler. Cellino seems crazy enough to be paranoid at times. Grey men could, conceivably, feed that fire. There is a whole new dynamic at play now which will be nothing if not interesting.

          • Irving45

            Curious isn’t it though is the way Cellino hitherto has gone for Managers so unlike himself ? Now, as you imply, he’s chosen a kindred spirit, with a touch of the Tommy Doch about him to boot. I’m looking forward to going to Elland Road again.

          • PMH

            Check the record. NONE of Cellino’s managers have lasted regardless of performances. Let’s say a miracle happens and Leeds make it to the play offs and get promoted. Cellino would then fire Evans. You don’t need a crystal ball here, the man is 100% consistent and thus totally predictable.

      • PMH

        There’s no rugby on right now!! And I guess I just can’ t help myself.

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