The crucial summer facing Leeds United - and whether Evans deserves to stay: Lorimer

LEEDS United legend Peter Lorimer has indicated that Steve Evans is the right man to see the club into the next season.

Steve Evans.

Lorimer, writing in the Yorkshire Evening Post, says he was worried when Evans took over as coach that the team was facing relegation.

But he now says: “I would ask people to be fair when they think about the way Steve has dealt with a difficult job here.

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“We’ve got 14 games to go and, personally, I’d like to see us get a little bit closer to safety before any big decisions are made about next season.

“It would be much better to know that we’re 100 per cent safe before attention turns to the summer.”

Lorimer says the summer will be “very important” for Leeds.

He says: “We’ve had enough poor close-seasons to have learned the lesson about what we need to do and how we need to prepare but we’re not quite there yet.

“In terms of whether Steve deserves to stay on, I think you have to consider what he’s done with these players – a good job in my opinion – and on that basis, what he might do with better players; with players he’s able to sign and with players he wants.

“I was genuinely worried when he came in that we’d go down. I thought he’d do well to keep us up.

“In fairness, keeping us out of trouble hasn’t been an ordeal for him and we’ve never been that close to the bottom three.

“As a head coach it’s been a very steady performance. And I think he deserves credit for it.”