By Alex Stevens
Steve Evans wants Leeds to sign up to six quality players in the summer transfer window to mount a serious promotion charge next term.
Leeds are 12th in the Championship with one match of their league campaign remaining following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to already relegated Charlton.
Evans held talks with Massimo Cellino on Friday about the squad and his own future at the club, and hinted that the Italian owner is ready to sanction a major transfer splurge to overhaul a squad that has fallen short of the top clubs in the division.
“Your players at the top end of the division have a mentality and my opinion is we need to add five or six quality players to the group,” Evans told BBC Leeds. “If that happens I will deliver the play-offs next season, given the opportunity, and I know the supporters deserve better players to represent them.”
Evans spoke with optimism about his position, which has been the subject of such debate in recent times with just weeks remaining on his Leeds contract.
In spite of the defeat to Charlton, the 53-year-old has comfortably avoided relegation and taken Leeds into the top half of the Championship table.
Evans expects his position to be sorted before Leeds’ final game of the season against Preston next Saturday.
“I had a positive meeting with the president yesterday, which went well, which was a meeting I’d been waiting to have,” Evans said, as quoted by BBC Yorkshire.” We’ve agreed to carry on that conversation in the week. I think he recognises the good stuff but he recognises where we need to improve as well.
“The clock probably prevented me getting a decision but I always said, when the day came, it would be a two-way process and I am now close to finding out.”
Evans has been on the end of several dressing downs by Cellino in recent months with the Italian owner accusing the manager of talking too much to the media and claiming he finds it impossible to work with English managers.
The Scot’s current deal expires at the end of June and the continued uncertainty had suggested the Charlton match could be his last home game in charge.
Evans has an increasingly strong hand in negotiations as he is drawing interest from elsewhere, with Peterborough joining Nottingham Forest in being strongly linked with the Leeds manager.
In other Leeds news, Evans has admitted he has changed his mind about one Whites outcast.