By Coral Barry
Steve Evans has insisted he is willing to wait one more week for Massimo Cellino to make his mind up about the next Leeds manager after Bristol Rovers announced Darrell Clark would be staying at the club.
Leeds owner Cellino had been pursuing Clarke as his next manager, but will now have to turn to other options as Evans continues to insist he wants the job.
Evans has yet to be offered a permanent deal as Leeds boss and has been left watching from the sidelines as Cellino chases other managers, despite returning to work at Elland Road this week.
The 53-year-old managed to steer Leeds away from a relegation battle after taking over in October, with the club eventually finishing 13th in the Championship, and has admitted he is desperate to remain at the club.
“I’ve not allowed my representatives to put me in front of any other board of directors or chairman and have a chat about somewhere else, because of the wonderful opportunity that is here,” said Evans speaking to BBC Radio Leeds.
“The chairman is very straight with me and has been all down the line. I have had a great relationship with him all the way through the season I’ve been here.”
He added: “I need to establish, in the next week or so at the latest, whether I have a plan going forward at Leeds United.”
Cellino approached Clarke about taking over at Leeds on Tuesday, but Rovers have moved quickly to tie down their manager to a new three-year contract.
It also emerged this week that MK Dons boss Karl Robinson turned down the job at Elland Road, because he was put off by Cellino’s ownership style and believed he could not work under the controversial Italian.
Evans has begun pre-season at Leeds, but looks virtually certain to leave the club in the near future.
The Scotsman has admitted it has been difficult watching other managers being linked with the job, but has insisted he is still on good terms with the Leeds owner.
He said: “It’s been a difficult situation as everyone can imagine, but I respect the fact that Mr Cellino and the board have a decision to make.
“I think I have to retain a lot of dignity and character and I think I’ve tried to display that, and that’s always been in the forefront of my mind as I’ve gone forward.”