Following Saturday’s end of season draw at Preston North End, an emotional Steve Evans concedes that he is unlikely to be the Leeds United head coach next season. After previously being optimistic of staying on, the ex-Rotherham coach said that hopes over extended his stay have decreased in the last week.
At full time, a tearful Evans saluted the 5,000-plus strong travelling faithful at Deepdale, knowing that his 38-game stint at the helm could well be coming to an end. His contract expires next month.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post following the game, he revealed that he isn’t sure what owner Massimo Cellino plans to do but admitted that his ‘gut feeling’ was that he will be moving on,
“No I don’t. I thought I did. Maybe a week ago I thought I did. But I don’t know.
“I need to let the people above me take an informed decision and I’ll take it with the good grace that I’ve tried to keep since I came in. I won’t be one of those head coaches who goes away, goes to court, speaks ill of this football club. It would go against everything I’m for.”
When pressed on what had happened, if anything, to lead to a sudden change of mood over the past week, Evans was adamant that he doesn’t know anything but is desperately hoping he is given the chance to prime a promotion push next season,
“I don’t know. Maybe it’s just the feeling you get. I hope not, I really hope not, but if the decision is made of the benefit of the club then I would endorse it.
“I think Mr Cellino will back the club with signings in the summer and I feel that with my CV I’ve got the capabilities to not just be in the play-offs. This club’s season should not be finishing today. It should be going on.”
Although he would ideally like to remain at Elland Road this season, Evans conceded that if he is forced to move on then he will do just that as he needs to work for his family’s sake,
“I think Mr Cellino will back the club with signings in the summer and I feel that with my CV I’ve got the capabilities to not just be in the play-offs. This club’s season should not be finishing today. It should be going on.
“But I’ve got a family. I need to go to work (next season) but I’ll afford the club the time to make that decision. If it comes and it’s against me, I’ll break my heart and then I’ll switch to speaking to people (other clubs) who’ve waited to speak to me.”
It is very much a case of watch this space regarding the managerial situation at Leeds United. If Evans does go, who does Cellino have up his sleeve to bring in? Only time will answer all questions of that nature.