LEEDS UNITED captain Sol Bamba has urged owner Massimo Cellino to restore some much-needed stability to the Championship club.
Even by their own standards, the Elland Road club have had a turbulent week with Uwe Rosler being sacked and replaced by Steve Evans.
Cellino has also been hit with a ban by the Football League to add to the chaos that has been enveloping United.
Bamba, as captain, had a close relationship with Rosler so was sad to see the German shown the door after just 12 games at the helm.
“Personally, I think it is harsh,” said Bamba ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Bolton Wanderers.
“The owner knows me and he says he appreciates me as a captain because I say the truth. I spoke to him after he made that decision and I said every club needs stability.
“If anyone wants to get a big club promoted, they need time. I said this and I said this to the manager and he was disappointed. But it is football and the gaffer told me we have to move on and to keep the lads going. That is what I try to do.
“From a personal point of view, I am very disappointed as I had a good relationship with the manager and he made me captain. It is a huge honour and I can’t thank him enough. But that is football, I am here with a job to do and I am a professional, so that is what I am going to do.”
Bamba led Leeds out ahead of Evans’s first game as manager, Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw at Fulham.
United impressed at Craven Cottage and were unfortunate not to return north with all three points. It was an encouraging start for Evans, who ditched the lone frontman formation favoured by Rosler in favour of a 4-4-2 set-up.
Bamba believes the Scot could be a good match for the Yorkshire club and is looking forward to working closely with the new manager.
“He is a character and I think you need that at this club,” said the former Dunfermline Athletic and Hibernian defender. “I think everyone knows that. He got the lads going and I think that is what it needs. He is passionate and we want that in the club, as the fans are passionate.
“The players need to get that as well. He is a Scottish lad, so I have no problem understanding him and, hopefully, I can build a good relationship with him. So far, he has been good.
“He deserves a chance as he is the manager now. There is nothing else we can do. I think we all have to work together.
“The manager has got his message across and I think that is what we need. He is passionate, we need that and I hope we can take it on and do good things for the club.
“He speaks a lot, which is great because he will get the lads going and that is what we definitely need. If he can keep getting his message across, I think we can achieve some good things.”
Evans was warmly applauded by the travelling fans at Craven Cottage both before and after Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw and Bamba believes the Scot can be a popular figure at Elland Road.
“The fans are like everyone else,” said the Ivory Coast international. “They are disappointed because the manager has been sacked a bit early. But now we have got him (Evans), there is nothing we can do but give him a chance and take him on board.
“Fulham was the best performance of the season and deserved better than only one point.
“I was disappointed not to get all three points. It was a terrific performance, the best of the season so far.
“The gaffer wanted us to reward the fans. It is what the boys said (before the game) as well. We do it for them. And ourselves and our family – we needed to put a performance in and that is what we did.
“The manager was happy with the performance like that and with him coming in a few days ago, he is over the moon. But it is only one game, we have to give that week in, week out.
“We all said afterwards that it was more like it from us. Now, we need to play like that every week.
“It doesn’t matter about the result, every Leeds fan just wants passion, desire and everyone working hard. If we do that, we will be okay.
“Hopefully, the fans went home happy. We need to give them a lot of credit and another performance like that. Hopefully, we can build on that.
“We are in the business of results and we know it and we are all disappointed for him. But we are professionals with a job to do so we move on. But the decision was harsh and we all know that.
“It is never nice to see Leeds on Sky and in the newspapers for those reasons. People text you and say, ‘Once again’, because, obviously they are used to it. It is never nice, but we keep our heads down and do our jobs.
“We are Leeds, so that is what happens here. I am not surprised and I don’t think anyone is surprised anymore. We love it and the club and that is part of it and we just have to deal with it.”