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Leeds manager Steve Evans has yet to respond to his side's defeat at Brighton.

Steve Evans' job appears to be safe at Leeds

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Steve Evans' future as Leeds head coach appears to be safe despite the club's media blackout in the wake of their embarrassing night at Brighton.

High-ranking club officials instructed Evans not to speak to the media after Monday's 4-0 capitulation on the south coast, giving weight to the suggestion he could be the seventh manager to lose his job during owner Massimo Cellino's two years in charge.

Cellino is reported to have left Brighton's AMEX Stadium at half-time - by which time Leeds were already four goals down.

But Sky Sports News reported on Tuesday that Cellino had told the station Evans was safe, although no official comment has come from the club.

The Italian - currently awaiting an appeal date after a second Football League disqualification for tax evasion - has found himself at the centre of protests from a large number of fans over recent months.

Angered by a perceived lack of investment in the team coupled with a list of off-the-field dramas, the 'Time To Go Massimo' group projected a number of anti-Cellino messages on to the side of Elland Road's East Stand during last month's draw with Middlesbrough, with further protests planned for this Saturday's meeting with Bolton.

Evans has presided over 25 games since replacing Uwe Rosler in October and has regularly spoken about his long-term vision for the job, despite only being contracted until the end of the season.

So far since his acrimonious takeover of Leeds, Cellino has dismissed Brian McDermott (twice), Dave Hockaday, Darko Milanic, Neil Redfearn and Rosler.

Evans is now expected to face the media as normal on Thursday ahead of the Bolton game.

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