How Gillingham boss Steve Evans upset Massimo Cellino over Bailey Peacock-Farrell comments in Leeds

Steve Evans has claimed he upset former Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino for tipping Bailey Peacock-Farrell to represent Northern Ireland.

The current Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper made his Evans professional debut in Leeds in April 2016 when he played in a 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers after Marco Silvestri was suspended.

After a brief stint in York City, Peacock-Farrell returned to Leeds and played the last 11 games of the 2017/18 season.

Although he got off to a promising start to the following season, the signing of Real Madrid’s Kiko Casilla made him fall into the pecking order as Marcelo Bielsa’s first stopper.

He would be leaving Leeds to join Burnley in August 2019 but has struggled for playing time since joining and only made eight appearances in two years.

This led him to sign on loan on Wednesday, conceding just 13 goals in 16 games.

However, he had to miss the game against Evans’ Gillingham yesterday because of an international appearance.

Even so, Evans admitted that he had supported him to play for his country when he was only 19, which upset his old Leeds chairman Cellino.

“I made his Leeds United debut for Bailey Peacock-Farrell, he’s a young man I know well,” Kent Online quoted Evans as saying.

“I pissed off Massimo Cellino by saying Bailey was playing in public for his country because he thought he’d have to pay him more!”

The 25-year-old could be next for Ian Barraclough’s side when they face Italy at Windsor Park on Monday.

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