Championship club Leeds United is regarded as one of the reputed football clubs in England although it has not been up to the mark lately. Clinching three First Division league titles along with an FA Cup and a league cup was no joke.
And being a manager of this reputed club was itself a big obligation and his quotes being equally lethal. Shouldering such responsibilities, Steve Evans failed to live the expectations and was eventually sacked. What reaction did this action yield?
Caption: The Story of Steve Evans at Leeds United
Source: TV Yorkshire, Youtube, May 2016
No new contracts to Steve !
Leeds united parted their ways with Steve Evans on 31st May 2016.
United chairperson Massimo Cellino, @mcellinolufc, said to the club’s website:
“I would like to thank Steve Evans for his efforts as the head coach of Leeds United. Steve completed the job he was brought in to carry out – to keep the team in the Championship - and his hard work here has been greatly appreciated. I wish him and Paul Raynor the very best for the future.",
“We have, however, decided that a different approach is required in order to achieve our targets for the new season. " He added, “The Club is now looking to appoint a new head coach to build on the good work of Steve and Paul and deliver the special season which our supporters deserve.”
Evan's reaction to the sacking:
Evans became the sixth boss to be sacked by Massimo Cellino in the span of two years. Despite being axed by Cellino, Evans has refused to criticize his former chairman's stern action.
“It is a closed chapter. I won’t be criticizing from near or afar. I will just be getting my head down and see if the door perhaps opens for me in the future.”
“The supporters were great with me, the messages of support, when I was briefly in the city yesterday, were just incredible, and I am just honored to have managed that football club,” Evans said in an interview, “The one thing I learned at Leeds United is the higher you go the more dignity and gratitude you have to have towards people and I have tried to keep that. Yesterday it was important to me that some of the great names in the game said to me that I handled it with good grace and dignity and that is what you have to do in difficult circumstances.”
Miracle Weight Loss:
Caption: Evan speaks on weight loss.
Apart from the sacking, Scot caught media's attention again when he was seen in a comparative trim appearance as he bid farewell to Leeds supporters.
He explained the transformation, "I wanted to be not only mentally sharp but bodily sharp for the pressures which were going to come. A week before last Christmas I decided it was the time to do it. My family thought, 'you won't see it through Christmas, and then not till the New Year, but I kept at it. I've got two guys I work with and look after myself better. I feel really mentally and bodily sharp and feel ready for whatever the next challenge is. I want a promotion campaign."
With such confidence, the 53 would even beat cancer.
Evan was replaced by Gary Monk who was Swansea Manager before being sacked in 2015. Even had replaced Uwe Rosler as the head coach of Leeds on 19 October 2015 after leaving Rotherham after fulfilling the responsibility for three years.
"I want to be challenged and really get my teeth into a big project," Monk told the club website.
Stephen J. "Steve" Evans (born 30 October 1962) is a Scottish footballer and coach. After ending his professional playing career with knee ligament injury at the early age of 24, he became a manager and took charge of Stamford in 1994. He has managed Stamford, Boston United, Crawley Town, Rotherham United and Leeds United. He is often credited for leading Rotherham to two successive promotions in three years.#Footballer #Head Coach #Head Coach of Leeds United