By Harvey Byrne

Former Leeds boss Steve Evans has warned Garry Monk that pressure could start to build upon him around January or February if his side fall out of the race for promotion.

The Scottish boss was removed from his role in charge of the Yorkshire giants after finishing in 13th place in the last campaign.

He spent seven months in charge, managing 38 games, which resulted in 14 wins, 12 draws and 12 losses.

Controversial owner Massimo Cellino wasn’t happy with performance of the former Rotherham manager and replaced him with Monk, who has been put on a one-year rolling contract.

The contract doesn’t bring the former Swansea boss a lot of security at the club and Evans believes that if Monk doesn’t deliver promotion, he will be the next boss to leave Elland Road.

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“I don’t know what’s in Cellino’s head. I don’t think many do,” Evans said while on Talksport’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “But the remit was to deliver promotion at the start of the season.

“The pressure on Garry to make the play offs in January or February will become huge if it looks at any stage of the season that they are not going to do it. That’s the fear factor to do it.”

Leeds are currently sat in 11th place in England’s second tier after a slow start, which brought many to speculate whether Cellino would relieve the 37-year-old manager of his duties at the club.

However, a run of five wins in six league matches has brought the feel good factor to Elland Road and Monk’s job is looking more secure with the impressive form.

They will face a struggling Derby side after the international break, who are currently in 20th with manager Nigel Pearson also under investigation.

In other Leeds news, Neil Redfearn has recalled the moment he received an angry call from Leeds owner Massimo Cellino.