Evans talks up his Leeds chances

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ju­lian Ben­netts

Leeds United man­ager Steve Evans be­lieves his fu­ture will be de­cided be­fore Satur­day’s game at Pre­ston.

Evans’s side lost 2-1 at home to al­ready-rel­e­gated Charl­ton on Satur­day amid spec­u­la­tion over whether the for­mer Rother­ham United man­ager will be in charge next sea­son.

Evans is the sixth man­ager that owner Mas­simo Cellino has em­ployed in just over two years in charge of the club and the Scot said he ex­pects to dis­cover his fate be­fore the fi­nal game of the sea­son.

“I had a very good meet­ing with the pres­i­dent [on Fri­day],” said Evans. “There were a lot of pos­i­tive, con­struc­tive things said about my­self. I gave my views on what we need to win pro­mo­tion next sea­son and he gave his. The de­ci­sion on my fu­ture may come sooner than the Pre­ston game. I think Mr Cellino is ready to make his de­ci­sion. I be­lieve we need be­tween four and six qual­ity play­ers. If that hap­pens, I will de­liver the play-offs next sea­son, given the op­por­tu­nity.”

At the other end of the ta­ble, Ful­ham’s Ryan Fred­er­icks has promised the club’s fans they will im­prove next sea­son af­ter they were beaten 3-0 by Brent­ford in the west London derby.

“Ev­ery­one is dev­as­tated,” Fred­er­icks said. “I’m sure we’ll be in a bet­ter state next sea­son, but thanks to the fans for be­ing there for us at all the games this term. Hope­fully, next sea­son we can give them some­thing to shout about.”

Brighton man­ager Chris Hughton ad­mits he did not ex­pect his side to be in the au­to­matic pro­mo­tion race as they pre­pare for to­day’s game against Derby.

“There were cer­tainly signs in pre-sea­son that if we started well, then maybe our ex­pec­ta­tions would change,” he said. “Af­ter the first few games, it changed. We un­der­stood where we were last year and the ob­jec­tive was to stay up. But from the be­gin­ning of this sea­son, I could feel a dif­fer­ence and we re­cruited very well in the sum­mer.

“There was a feel­ing amongst the team that it could be a de­cent sea­son, but we didn’t ex­pect to be where we are now.

“We have great con­fi­dence as a group and that has shown in our per­for­mances.”

De­ci­sion time: Steve Evans be­lieves his fu­ture at Leeds will be de­cided be­fore Satur­day af­ter a meet­ing with Mas­simo Cellino

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