Former Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has warned his successor Garry Monk that he has to deliver results if he wants to be kept on at Elland Road as being near the bottom of the Championship is not acceptable to supremo Massimo Cellino.

The Yorkshire giants, who replaced Evans with Monk at the start of the season, have endured a poor start to their Championship campaign, piling the pressure on the 37-year-old head coach.

Leeds’ 1-0 loss to Huddersfield Town at the weekend meant that the Whites dropped down to the relegation zone with just four points from their opening six outings, having lost four games.

Monk spent considerably on new recruits in the summer, and although Evans thinks the former Swansea City boss still needs time to gel the squad, the 53-year-old was quick to add that delivering positive results are a necessity too as Leeds are too big a club to be languishing in the drop zone.

“Garry Monk was my replacement in the summer and he has a great opportunity to deliver them a promotion season”, Evans wrote in the Football League Paper.


“If I’m correct, he has made around 12 new signings, spent good money on transfer fees and wages but has added some real quality too.

“Players like Liam Bridcutt, Charlie Taylor and Chris Wood will always deliver for you."

Evans also pointed out that compared to the amount of players he was allowed to sign, Monk cannot complain about not being backed by Cellino.

“Massimo Cellino, who I have to say I had a good relationship with, has supported him with the number of new recruits, against the one permanent and one loan signing I had sanctioned.

“Now, of course, Garry needs sufficient time to work with those players. That will also be dependent on results because Leeds United simply cannot be at the bottom of the Championship!

“I wish Garry all the very best.”

Evans, who took charge of Leeds last October, was allowed to leave despite guiding the club to a 13th-place finish last season, with avoiding relegation being his main objective.