Steve Evans insists Leeds' promotion hopes depend on manager not feeling like he's on a trial at Elland Road

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Speculation persists regarding the current boss' future with the Championship club.

Steve Evans has insisted that if Leeds United hope to end their long wait for promotion to the Premier League, then they must stop making the head coaches they appoint feel like they are on trial, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports.

Evans is the sixth man to work under the current ownership, and despite lasting longer than any of his predecessors that have been at the club since Massimo Cellino arrived, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports that speculation is continuing that his days with the side are numbered.

And he explained that given the amount of time he has needed to learn about what he needs to do to take the Whites towards the promotion picture, appointing a new head coach once again would probably see Leeds go back to square one.

"I feel like these six or seven months have been like a trial period for me," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"In that time I've got to know the club, worked out what I need to change and what we need to do to compete for promotion next season.

"If this club are serious about getting promoted, they can't afford to have someone on another trial basis. It's got to be someone who can have a go from the off."

Assuring a manager that he has the club's support to create a long-term strategy that will ultimately reap success, rather than appointing them on what feels like a trial basis, is surely more likely to help United establish themselves back in the top flight. 

The current willingness to part company with head coaches means that bosses are unable to give the future enough attention as they know that if results are not good enough in the short-term, their time at the club will soon be over.

That means that while the likes of Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Jack Vann and Paul and Jack McKay may have the potential to take Leeds further in the future than some of the players in the current squad could, it is a big gamble for the head coach to give them a prolonged opportunity through fear of what it may mean for the team's form in the short-term, and what that may mean for his job, even if it would be in the club's best interests to take a couple of steps backwards to enable them to make several forward.

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