Steve Evans says he will resign if Leeds United do not mount a bid for promotion next season.
The former Rotherham boss is “certain” that controversial owner Massimo Cellino will back him with the transfer funds he requires in the summer and the 53-year-old is supremely confident that he can get the club in the promotion shake-up next year.
Evans, who is on a 12-month rolling contract at Elland Road, has brought in Liam Bridcutt, Mustapha Carayol and Toumani Diagouraga, while Sam Byram has been sold to West Ham and the Whites have improved.
United lie 16th in the table, 12 points short of sixth place and Evans has been left frustrated at his inability to add a new striker to his squad, but he is confident of building a team who can reach the Premier League and says he will quit if he fails in his mission.
“I want a proper promotion challenge next season,” Evans told the Evening Post.
“I’m certain that I’ll get the support I want in the summer so if I can’t get a proper promotion challenge going I won’t be here. Mr Cellino won’t have to sack me because I’ll walk away with no money. I’ll have failed.
“If my signings aren’t good enough, if the results aren’t right then I can’t blame anyone else.
“But I’m saying this because I think we’ll be good enough to compete properly next season. I’m 100 per cent confident we will. I think we have to do that.
“I’ll have had more than half of this season so I can’t go into next season saying ‘we’re going for mid-table or top 10’. That won’t cut it.”