SAM SHOW CAN’T BE REPEATED – EVANS
SAM Byram looks set for the Elland Road exit door but Steve Evans admitted the full-back would be going nowhere if he’d have had his way.
The 22-year-old’s contract is due to expire this summer and he has rebuffed several contract offers from Leeds.
Everton are favourites to snap him up for £4m but face competition from West Ham and Newcastle.
But Evans, who was appointed head coach at Leeds in November, insists that Byram would be under lock and key if he’d arrived at the club earlier.
“It’s easy to say but if I had been head coach in the summer then Sam would have signed a new deal,” Evans said.
“I tried as best I could to get people back around the table but I have to accept that the bridge had broken down a little bit.”
And Evans has sworn that Leeds will not be put in the same position again as long as he’s in charge.
“For as long as I am the head coach here, we will be doing everything we can to make sure this position doesn’t happen again,” he continued.
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