Steve Evans admits that Leeds United's players questioned his top 10 finish comments

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Leeds United are currently in 12th place in the Championship table.

Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that Leeds United’s players questioned him when he stated that they could finish in the top 10 this season.

Evans took over from Uwe Rosler last year, and at the time he arrived at Elland Road, Leeds looked to be in a relegation battle.

However, Evans was optimistic from the start, and he stated that his aim was to deliver an upper mid-table finish.

When the statement was made it looked a questionable one - and even a few members of Leeds’ squad doubted whether it was possible, but the Whites came very close to achieving their aim.

Leeds’ defeat against Charlton Athletic in their most recent fixture means that they can no longer finish in the top 10, but if they do beat Preston North End on the final day they can finish in 11th spot.

And Evans said: “When I came in one or two of them actually said to me ‘you said we can finish 10th, why are you giving us that pressure?’

“I’m really proud of these players. We had an opportunity today to finish 10th, and now we need to go to Preston and make sure we win and finish 11th.”

Evans has sparked an improvement in Leeds’ form since taking charge, but his time at Elland Road could be coming to an end.

The 53-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season, and the Daily Mail suggest that he will be let go.

Leeds are currently in 12th place in the Championship table, and they will need to win by at least a four goal margin to leapfrog Preston in the standings on the final day.

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