Steve Evans explains his target for Leeds United this season

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The ex-Rotherham boss was told to keep Leeds United in the Championship.

 

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Steve Evans believes that a 10th-placed Championship finish would represent a 'stunning turnaround' for Leeds United after revealing that he was told to simply avoid relegation when he took over in October.

The 53-year-old inherited a Whites side low on confidence after axed Uwe Rosler had managed just two wins in his first 11 league games of this season.

At the time of Evans' appointment, Leeds sat 18th in the table and three points clear of the drop zone, but fast forward to now and United sit 15th with a nine-point gap from themselves and Rotherham in 22nd.

He explains that his remit was to keep the club in the second tier of English football, but Evans is now targeting a top-10 finish, which he says would be amazing for Leeds, who are five points off the pace as things stand.

"The remit I was given by the club was to make sure we were a Championship club," he told The Yorkshire Evening Post.

“The players were passed that remit too because you have to buy into targets together. There’s no point in a coach having a target and then giving the players a different one.

“You have to be focused with the same plans and when you’ve got a brief to make sure we’re in the Championship, and not involved in a relegation battle, if you finish 10th then that’s a stunning turnaround.”

It has been an up and down last nine days for Leeds, who were recently demolished 4-0 at Brighton & Hove Albion, with all four goals coming in the first half.

But Evans has sparked a turnaround of sorts as his troops beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 last Saturday, before grinding out an impressive 2-0 win at Cardiff City in midweek.

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