Evans talks up his Leeds chances
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