By Alex Stevens
Steve Evans has revealed he has held “positive” fresh talks with Massimo Cellino about his Leeds future.
The pair had a lengthy chat on Friday ahead of Leeds’ Championship clash against Charlton, which they lost 2-1 to end their hopes of their highest league finish for five years.
Nevertheless, 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 has shed fresh light on his future by revealing further talks will be held next week.
“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.
The managers who finished United’s last two seasons, Neil Redfearn and Brian McDermott, left soon after amid almost complete silence from Cellino.
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.
Cellino’s decision to often go public with his frustration has sparked endless speculation that the Leeds owner is just biding his time before firing his manager.
In other Leeds news, Evans has admitted he has changed his mind about one Whites outcast.