By Alex Stevens

Steve Evans said he wants to remain in charge at Leeds and will talk with owner Massimo Cellino “when he is ready”.

The manager is keen for contract discussions to take place as soon as possible and joked that waiting for Cellino was similar to when he asked his wife to marry him.

Leeds are mathematically certain of a place in next season’s Championship after Saturday’s 3-2 win over Reading lifted them to 54 points and 12th position in the table.

Two goals from Chris Wood and a Toumani Diagouraga striker secured the three points for Evans’ side in a thrilling clash at Elland Road..

Evans is desperate to stay on as manager beyond June, which is when his current contract expires.

The Scot was publicly dressed down by Cellino and told to concentrate on getting results on the pitch and not his future in the wake of the 4-0 loss at Brighton at the end of February.

Speaking to Sky Sports News on Saturday evening, Evans said: “At the moment I am fully focused on our next two games against Wolves and Hull. I have never made any secret of the fact that I want to be Leeds’ head coach next term.

“In life we would all like decisions to be made quickly but when I asked my wife to marry me she took forever. The president (Cellino) will meet me for talks when he is ready.”

Steve Evans is hoping to sign a new player for Leeds by next week

Target man: Leeds boss Evans is keen to hold new contract talks

Evans passed Neil Redfearn on Saturday to become owner Massimo Cellino’s longest-serving manager with 34 matches at the helm.

In other Leeds news, a member of Evans’ backroom staff has decided to quit at the end of the season.