Evans says he is more worried about Leeds relegation than the sack
By Coral Barry
Steve Evans has insisted he is more worried about relegation from the Championship than the possibility of losing his job at Leeds.
The Leeds boss took training at Thorp Arch as usual on Wednesday despite increasing reports that Massimo Cellino is on the verge of dismissing him as manager.
A report in the Daily Mail on Tuesday claimed that the controversial Italian owner has already lost patience with Evans and was actively looking for his replacement.
Evans signed a rolling contract in October and has been vying for a permanent deal, but the Scotsman revealed the chance of relegation is what is concerning him, not the fear of Cellino’s axe.
“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,” said Evans.
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“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.”
Leeds were thrashed 4-1 at the weekend by their local rivals Huddersfield which ended a run of three consecutive victories in the league.
The result leaves the Yorkshire club 13th in the table, but a full ten points above the relegation zone.
The Mail allege that after the Huddersfield humiliation, senior players approached Cellino to ask for Evans’ dismissal.
Evans has clashed with Cellino in the past, but is just four games away from becoming the longest-serving manager during the Italian’s reign.
Cellino has had a history of sacking coaches in his time at Leeds and if Evans is axed before the end of the season, he will be the third manager to be fired in under a year.
However, Evans is adamant that he is only concerned with getting results and is not thinking about his future at Leeds.
The 53-year-old added: “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].”
Evans is preparing his squad for the trip to his former club Rotherham on April 2nd, with nine games left to play in the league.
In other Leeds news, Evans has responded to the rumours of his imminent sacking.