Steve Evans reveals at what point he will hold new contract talks with Leeds
By Alex Stevens
Steve Evans has revealed he will ask Leeds owner Massimo Cellino for contract talks when the team are assured of their Championship status for next season.
The Yorkshire giants only need another two points to be guaranteed a place in the top tier in 2016/17, which could be secured by the end of Saturday night.
Leeds are 15th in the Championship ahead of their clash against Reading on Saturday at Elland Road and hopeful they can elbow their way into the top half of the league with five matches of the campaign remaining.
Evans is desperate to stay on as manager beyond June, which is when his current contract expires.
The Scot was publicly dressed down by Cellino and told to concentrate on getting results on the pitch and not his future in the wake of the 4-0 loss at Brighton at the end of February.
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But, speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, he said: “I think when we get mathematical safety, it would allow me to ask a question.
“But my only focus after Saturday, 100 per cent, will be Wolves on Tuesday. Then, diaries permitting, I will speak to the president about next season. I already have questions about pre-season activity and dates and schedules and opposition and such like anyway.
“It’s really about getting in his diary and sitting down with him. But my only focus after Saturday will be Wolves on Tuesday and I can’t not focus on Hull next Saturday. After all that, we have to (hopefully) sit down and speak to the president about the summer and beyond.”
Evans is set to pass Neil Redfearn’s record of 33 games in charge in Saturday’s home game with Brian McDermott’s Reading and become owner Massimo Cellino’s longest-serving manager.
He said: “Who wouldn’t want to be head coach of Leeds United? Most in football, all bar the elite. I don’t get involved in off-the-field issues; I think I have made that clear since I have come on and said I want to concentrate on what happens on the grass.”
In other Leeds new, a member of Evans’ backroom staff has decided to quit at the end of the season.