Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United head coach Steve Evans revealed that he is ‘hurting’ at not knowing if he will still be at the club next season. He plans on returning to work on Wednesday and said that he has a pre-season schedule and list of transfer targets in place.
The ex-Rotherham United manager is out of contract in just over a month and has yet to hear back from owner Massimo Cellino regarding what happens out that contract expires. A board meeting took place last Wednesday, but no aftermath on the manager’s future has emerged as a result.
Several names have been linked to the job, with current MK Dons boss Karl Robinson the favourite to be at the Elland Road helm next season. john Sheridan, now at Oldham Athletic, is another name that has strongly been mentioned in the last few weeks. However, Evans’ betting price to be at the club next season has significantly shortened in the last week or so, but there is still no official word from the football club on where he will be.
Evans is currently enjoying a short holiday but will report to Thorp Arch on Wednesday. In a brief statement, he suggested that he understands that the owners need to make a decision which suits them and that whilst employed by the club he’ll give his all to ensure they are set up to push for promotion, with him in charge or not,
“I’m still waiting for the decision for next season from Mr Cellino and the board. I fully understand they are hectic with a number of things but I would expect to hear very soon.
“I’ll be back to work on Wednesday. There’s still lots to be done because I’m employed by a great club and I must continue to work.
“To deliver promotion you must plan. The Leeds United supporters deserve a promotion season and I’m ready, better than ever physically and mentally, to deliver that.
“We need to help the squad by adding five or six quality players who will know the challenge when they arrive at Elland Road. I have a pre-season schedule ready to go and I have a list of players. Most I have discussed previously with Mr Cellino and he liked my vision.
“I’m hurting at not knowing my future but I’ve always respected the right of club owners to make the big decisions in a time and manner that suits them. I’ve been patient but inside me is a burning desire to attack the new season.”
It is still very much a case of watch this space when it comes to Steve Evans, Massimo Cellino and Leeds United.