By Alex Stevens
Steve Evans has revealed there is “no reason” to ask Leeds chiefs for guidance amid reports that the club are planning to axe him as manager.
Evans reported to the club’s Thorp Arch headquarters on Wednesday morning and revealed he would ignore suggestions that owner Massimo Cellino is poised to change first-team boss for the seventh time in his controversial two-year reign.
A report in the Daily Mail on Tuesday claimed the Italian was already moving to find a replacement for Evans following Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Huddersfield at Elland Road.
Asked on Wednesday about his prospects, Evans said: “I’ve got no reason to ask for guidance. When you win games, if you ask a question then people would always speak positively. If you lose a game, people would always be negative.
“You have to take it from the remit when you came in as head coach and that’s what I’m doing. I’m trying to make sure this club is a Championship club going forward and then I’ll try to build something, to put a side in place which challenges.”
Amid reports that his exit is imminent, Evans said: “I treat stories like that with the contempt they deserve. My only focus is on preparing the team for Rotherham.”
Evans has a contract to the end of this season and expected to receive an extension for the 2016-17 campaign once Leeds were mathematically safe from relegation in the Championship but his future has been in doubt ever since a 4-0 thrashing at Brighton last month.
“It’s easy to talk, it’s harder to deliver, but as I’ve said many times I’ve got a track record which says I deliver,” added Evans.
“Unless you tell me differently or the league table is different, I don’t think we’re mathematically safe in the Championship. I need to deliver the remit the president gave me and I’ve not done that yet. When you lose 4-1, it’s not for me to be talking about that (his future).”
Leeds have nine games remaining this season and Evans is continuing to prepare for Leeds’ trip to his former club Rotherham on 2 April. Cellino is currently in Miami.
The 53-year-old Scot was appointed by Cellino in October after United’s chairman dispensed with Uwe Rosler after only 12 games in charge.
Evans is four games away from becoming the longest-serving manager under Cellino at Leeds, a fact which underlines the instability of the past two years.
In other Leeds news, former striker Noel Whelan has rubbished Evans’ decision to rest Lewis Cook against Huddersfield.