Evans: This is where Leeds will finish if I am the boss next season
By Coral Barry
Steve Evans is adamant he would take Leeds into the Championship play-offs if he remains as manager next season.
Leeds finished their campaign with a 1-1 draw with Preston on Saturday and Evans admitted afterwards that he might have managed his last game for the club.
The Scotsman was appointed in October on a six-month rolling contract, but has not been offered a permanent deal by owner Massimo Cellino.
There has been no official confirmation from the Italian or the club on whether Evans will remain in charge, but the 53-year-old has issued a promise that if he stays, he will deliver the possibility of promotion into the Premier League.
“Maybe, I don’t know,” said Evans when asked if he will stay on by LUTV. “I just need to wait and get the decision from the President now.
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“We need five or six players [in the summer]. Five or six players that can immediately start [for Leeds] and should start.
“The bar would be raised then and that would produce performances. If I’m here next season we’ll finish the season in the play-offs, that’s not in any shadow of a doubt.”
Leeds end the Championship season 13th in the table, althougj they were in the middle of a relegation battle when Evans took over in October.
The Yorkshire club dropped out of the Premier League in 2004 and have spent 12 years outside the top flight.
The last time Leeds challenged seriously for promotion was a 2006 appearance in the Championship play-off final against Watford, but the Whites did narrowly miss out on a play-off spot in 2012.
In other Leeds news, Evans has admitted he is expecting to leave the club after talks with Cellino.