Messy, disorganised start to the summer inspires no faith in Leeds United TSS May 18, 2016 Leeds United 13 Comments Massimo Cellino will chair a board meeting at Elland Road today in which the future of Steve Evans is finally set to be resolved. Fans might be divided on whether Steve Evans deserves to keep his job after a disappointing season, but few could argue the state of limbo we’re currently in is serving the best interests of Leeds United Football Club. As things stand, Leeds United have no plans for pre-season. When the players left for summer break, they weren’t given a date to return to training, only told that they’d receive a text in the coming weeks, which can’t possibly inspire confidence in the running of the club and will be a worrying sign to those already wondering if there’s a future worth sticking around for at Elland Road. Bailey Peacock-Farrell, a young up and coming goalkeeper whose contract expired at the end of the season, has yet to sign a new deal because he wants assurances there’ll be a goalkeeping coach in place when he returns from summer break. At any other football club a goalkeeping coach would be taken for granted, but at Elland Road, it’s one of a growing number of vacancies the club don’t seem to be in any rush to fill. The situation is a symptom of Cellino’s scattergun approach to club management. The turnover of staff hasn’t been this high at Elland Road since relegation from the Premier League forced fire sales, but even then, we found some semblance of stability quicker than the Italian owner has managed. No sooner has a manager found his feet and started to organise the backroom staff than Cellino is axing them. While not the only reason staff have left the club, the departure of a manager always has a knock-on effect because his replacement generally wants to bring in people of his own. To his credit, Steve Evans has been spotted at games all over the country, scouting players in preparation for the transfer window. Unfortunately, he seems to be the only person who’s looking that far ahead and since his future is unlikely to be at Leeds United, we’re not going to benefit from it. Of course, no summer at Elland Road would be complete without a scandal or two and news that the club faces a fine by The FA, while Massimo Cellino could potentially be banned, surprised no one. Cellino’s latest offence relates to illegal agent fees paid during the transfer of Ross McCormack and adds to the number of ongoing legal problems Leeds United’s owner is dealing with. Early days, but none of this inspires much belief. Steve Evans isn’t to everyone’s taste, but is replacing him really worthwhile when you consider Cellino’s abysmal hiring record? As Cellino himself has conceded, Evans did the job he was hired for – which presumably means we planned for another season of abject mediocrity. Fact is, you can only do as much as the resources will allow. Leeds’ team isn’t good enough to be challenging any higher up the table. Evans was given a (lower) mid-table squad and we finished mid-table. Who’s to say that if he’s given a play-off squad, we won’t finish in the play-offs? Either way, the handling of this situation – like the running of the club in general – is beyond a joke. The club should be focused on preparations for next season at this point, not dragging their heels on a key issue like who’ll be managing us, all while fighting court cases and lurching for one calamity to the next.