Steve Evans has made his feelings perfectly clear in his pre-match press conference to the weekend clash at Preston North End. He is very much adamant that if he remains in charge, Leeds United will have a very good season next season, promotion to be almost precise.
Whilst he is also a man essentially looking to persuade a certain someone to earn a new contract, is it so strange or simple for him to bring success to Elland Road once again?
Therefore, we thought we would dig a little deeper and look at some of the on and off the field factors which will almost certainly determine if next season for the Whites is a success or bitter disappointment.
Evans: "If I'm here in a year's time, a bit like Leicester you'll be sitting here with champagne."
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 5, 2016
It is easier said that done, but Leeds United are a club desperately crying out for some stability. The obvious starting point is the managerial situation. Has Steve Evans done enough to warrant staying next season? Most would say yes, but you have to respect those that may suggest otherwise. Flip the coin, has he done anything to warrant NOT being offered a new deal? The harshly Steve Evans critic would suggest yes.
It was only a few months ago when everyone was bracing for the prospect of Massimo Cellino selling up the club and handing over to the supporters. Does he have the appetite for another season like this? Will he want to see more coffin processions taking place before matches? That needs to be solves and rubber-stamped one way or the other. You only have to look at the ownership situation at Charlton to know what negative effects how distance between the fans and the owner can have.
For any club to be a success at any point in their history, stability is the paramount number one quality. Yes, there will be exceptions, but very rarely. Speaking about on the field matters, there isn’t a drastic need to break apart the squad either. It certainly needs improving upon, but Evans believes he knows what they need. He knew what they needed to get away from relegation trouble and that was comfortably achieved in the end.
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