Steve Evans has urged Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino to clarify his role at the club as he awaits guarantees over his future at Elland Road.
Evans has a six-month rolling contract with the Whites but is yet to learn whether he will be granted an extension to take the club into next season and beyond.
The former Rotherham United and Crawley Town boss won just 11 of his 38 games in charge after replacing Uwe Rosler in mid-October, guiding to the club to 13th in the Championship, 15 points adrift of the play-off positions. A run of one defeat in their last six games did raise optimism ahead of next term however that hope has been overshadowed by uncertainty of the identity of the manager.
"I'm still waiting for the decision for next season from Mr Cellino and the board," Evans said in a statement, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post. "I fully understand they are hectic with a number of things but I would expect to hear very soon.
"I'll be back to work on Wednesday [25 May]. There's still lots to be done because I'm employed by a great club and I must continue to work. To deliver promotion you must plan. The Leeds United supporters deserve a promotion season and I'm ready, better than ever physically and mentally, to deliver that."
Sky Sports understand Leeds are lining up a move for Milton Keynes Dons boss Karl Robinson should they relieve Evans of his duties. The 35-year-old suffered relegation in his first season in the second tier but having impressed as Stadium MK is tipped for a bright future in the game.
Doubt over his future at Leeds has not deterred Evans – who has described himself as "hurting" as he awaits a decision from Cellino – from planning for next season, having drawn up a list of potential transfer targets in order to inspire a push for promotion. "We need to help the squad by adding five or six quality players who will know the challenge when they arrive at Elland Road," he explained.
"I have a pre-season schedule ready to go and I have a list of players. Most I have discussed previously with Mr Cellino and he liked my vision. I'm hurting at not knowing my future but I've always respected the right of club owners to make the big decisions in a time and manner that suits them. I've been patient but inside me is a burning desire to attack the new season."