Steve Evans offer suggestion over possible replacement

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The Scot's future at Elland Road hangs in the balance.

Speaking to The Yorkshire Post, Leeds United boss Steve Evans has suggested that the club's next manager should either be British or boast Championship experience, if owner Massimo Cellino sacks him.

The 53-year-old is out of contract at Elland Road this summer and, despite speaking with the Italian supremo last week, the Scot remains somewhat in the dark at the moment.

With the Whites set to round off another Championship campaign with a trip to Preston on Saturday, it has been suggested that a final decision will be made very shortly.

Evans, who replaced Uwe Rosler in October and has comfortably achieved his remit of steering Leeds away from the relegation zone, has repeatedly claimed that he would secure at least a playoff position next season if he is allowed to do so.

But if he is not retained, the former Rotherham United boss has suggested that his replacement should either be British or have a decent knowledge and experience of English football if they are to succeed in the Championship.

“You need someone who knows the Championship, which signifies a British coach unless they’re European and have worked over here in the past," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "But that would only be my opinion, not necessarily the opinion of anyone at Elland Road.

“It’s a really tough job being head coach of Leeds United and you have to know the Championship. I believe that if this club are going to get success, we do need stability and we need additional talent so that everyone feels there’s an opportunity to have a great season."

 

Leeds, who sit 12th, are almost certain to finish there, even if they beat 11th-placed Preston, who have three points and a hefty goal difference in their favour, but finishing 12th would still represent an excellent turnaround under the circumstances.

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