Steve Evans wants Leeds United challenging for promotion next season.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Steve Evans has explained why he would quit Leeds United next season, with plans to lead the club on a promotion challenge.
Evans said: “I want a proper promotion challenge next season. I’m certain that I’ll get the support I want in the summer so if I can’t get a proper promotion challenge going I won’t be here. Mr Cellino won’t have to sack me because I’ll walk away with no money. I’ll have failed.”
Evans is on a 12-month rolling contract, meaning his long-term future is not secured at Elland Road, and with an owner such as Massimo Cellino, getting comfortable at the club is not wise.
However, of all the managers who have taken charge of Leeds since Cellino’s arrival, Evans seems to be the most settled, and he has had backing in the transfer market to build a strong squad.
In January he brought in players he wanted, but he was hamstrung by the low placing Leeds have in the Championship table, meaning further recruitment would have been wasted as a promotion challenge is unlikely.
However, Evans is preparing for a promotion push next season, and he is confident he will be backed in the transfer market in the summer.
That means he can build the squad that he wants at Elland Road, meaning that a failure to fight for promotion is no one else's fault but his own.
With this backing from Cellino, Evans has made it clear that he will walk away from Leeds next season if they don’t challenge for promotion, as he will know he is not up to the job of leading the Yorkshire giants to the top flight.