Evans denies touting for job before Rosler axed

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STEVE EVANS has vehemently denied touting for the Leeds United job by e-mail when Uwe Rosler was still in charge.

A national newspaper claimed that the former Rotherham manager had been in touch with Massimo Cellino before the East German was sacked last weekend.

Evans, however, strongly refutes the claim. “I only want to answer this once and let’s not let it drag,” said the Scot at his press briefing ahead of today’s visit to rock bottom Bolton Wanderers.

“I have never e-mailed Massimo Cellino in my life. The other point is that the only time I was in contact with Mr Cellino was late on Saturday evening when he spoke to me and asked if I could attend a meeting on Sunday.

“To totally finish on the subject, my first question to the owner on Sunday was, ‘Have you a head coach in place?’ He said ‘no’. The meeting started.”

Evans’s reign began in encouraging fashion on Wednesday with a 1-1 draw at Fulham that, on the balance of play, could have yielded all three points.

Chris Wood netted United’s goal from the penalty spot and the striker is fit to lead the line once again as the Yorkshire side look to pile on the misery for Wanderers and Neil Lennon, who the new Elland Road chief holds in high esteem.

“It will be tough,” said Evans. “In the Championship, bottom can beat top. It is fine margins. We have seen that for a long time.

“I looked at the full match of Leeds losing at home to Brighton (a week ago). It was the finest of margins. There was a key stage in the game where Leeds could have gone in front.

“Neil Lennon is a good guy. A hero to me. He was Glasgow Celtic manager when it was hugely successful, beating the likes of Barcelona. It will be good to catch up with Neil again and, hopefully, I will be sharing a beer with him with my first win as manager.”

Evans continued: “I had a terrific meeting with the president on Thursday night over dinner. We spoke about a number of things. The president is keen, first and foremost, to fully assess what we have.”