Controversial Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino says that under-fire boss Steve Evans will not be sacked at Elland Road.
Evans oversaw his heaviest defeat in 25 games as Leeds boss on Monday night as the Whites were hammered 4-0 away at Brighton and afterwards he was ordered by Cellino to blank the waiting media.
That sparked speculation that Glasgow-born Evans, 53, would become the sixth boss to be axed by Cellino, who left the Amex Stadium at half-time with Leeds 4-0 down. But Cellino told Sky Sports News HQ that Evans would not be leaving and that he felt sorry for the fans who travelled all the way to the south coast.
Evans’ assistant Paul Raynor was left to answer questions after what he termed a “shambolic” display in which Leeds conceded four times in the space of 20 first-half minutes.
Asked why Evans did not speak to the media following a fifth game without a victory, Raynor told Sky Sports: “We know you are going to ask questions and we know you want answers.
“We are trying to give answers to the players on what we think of that first-half performance which was absolutely shambolic, not good enough, and certainly not good enough for Leeds United.
“We can’t worry about the chairman. If I was him I would have gone as well to be fair, because he doesn’t want to see his football club playing like that and I don’t blame him for that.”
The result leaves Leeds 17th in the table with just one win in their last 11 matches.
Leeds midfielder Toumani Diagouraga apologised, saying Leeds players intend to bounce back when they welcome fellow strugglers Bolton to Elland Road on Saturday.
That 1st half performance wasn't good enough sorry to everyone who travelled all the way down we be looking to put it right on Saturday
— Toumani diagouraga (@toums20) February 29, 2016