Steve Evans: Leeds will win promotion next season on these three conditions
By Alex Stevens
Steve Evans has insisted Leeds will earn promotion to the Premier League next season – on three conditions.
The current manager says the club need stability at the top, a manager with prior experience of the Championship and an influx of top players.
Evans’ job is hanging by a thread after Leeds owner Massimo Cellino accused him of “talking too much” and cleared the way for another change of boss by saying he “cannot work with English managers.”
The pair held talks about Evans’ future last Friday but the Scot has yet to be told if he will remain in charge beyond his current contract, which expires next month.
Despite anticipating further talks with Cellino this week, he admitted on Thursday that a final decision was likely to wait until after Leeds’ last game of the season at Preston on Saturday, saying Cellino had been engaged abroad “on other business” in the past few days.
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Leeds are 12th in the Championship heading into their final league match of the season and Evans is convinced what is needed to challenge for promotion.
“It’s a really tough job being head coach of Leeds United and you have to know the Championship,” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “I believe that if this club are going to get success, we do need stability and we need additional talent so that everyone feels there’s an opportunity to have a great season.
“That was the feeling at Burnley (last summer) and at Middlesbrough. I know in Brighton, very quietly as it was done under Chris (Hughton), that there was a feeling this could be their season.
“You need someone who knows the Championship, which signifies a British coach unless they’re European and have worked over here in the past. But that would only be my opinion, not necessarily the opinion of anyone at Elland Road.”
The controversial owner has spoken freely of his attempts to persuade an elite manager to take on the task of steering Leeds back to the top flight and a place in the Champions League.
Evans became the sixth first-team boss of Cellino’s reign last October and is currently the longest serving under the Italian but Cellino is yet to make any move towards extending the manager’s short-term contract.
In other Leeds news, ex-Elland Road striker Noel Whelan has given his verdict on Evans’ future.