Steve Evans has suggested that he will agree a new deal to stay on as Leeds United manager once the club have guaranteed their place in the Championship for another year, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.
When the former Rotherham boss took over at Elland Road, he signed a contract until the end of the current campaign with an option for a further year (via Yorkshire Evening Post), and Evans insisted that he expects for that option to be exercised, provided that he keeps the side up.
"I think we have to make sure I deliver the remit that I came in with first. We have to be mathematically safe in the Championship. When that's done I'll sit down with the president and we'll agree where we go," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"It's only fair but I know what the president has said - the minute we're mathematically safe, we can get it done. That's when we'll talk about the squad and the investment."
Although United being in the bottom half of the table would suggest that Evans is perhaps getting ahead of himself by claiming that an agreement is likely, they have given plenty of indications that suggest that getting dragged into a relegation scrap should not be a concern for them.
Leeds sit 12 points clear of the bottom three, and while they have only won eight games this term, no side in the bottom half has lost fewer games, which makes it seem highly unlikely that United supporters will have to suffer any nerve-inducing moments in the final weeks of the campaign.
And while some fans may be concerned about the direction the club is going in by the fact that staving off relegation, rather than fighting for promotion, is the factor that determines whether Evans will be staying on for another term, he surely deserves to remain in the job next season - unless the Whites somehow do get dragged into the bottom three.
He inherited a side that had only won twice in 11 league games before his arrival - and had gone several months without winning in front of their own fans - and only had the January window to try and turn them into promotion contenders, so arguably deserves a full summer window to work with his squad and to make the signings he wants in an attempt to move Leeds into the promotion mix.