Leeds United captain praises major decision from Milanic

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Leeds United captain Jason Pearce is pleased Neil Redfearn is staying involved with the first team.

Leeds United captain Jason Pearce has praised the decision of new head coach Darko Milanic to keep Neil Redfearn involved with the first team.

The boss confirmed earlier this week that the former caretaker manager of the side would be present in the dugout during games and it’s a decision which Pearce has reacted positively to.

“As we players we just try and be as professional as we can – It’s nice to know Redders is still around because he knows the lads well that have been here,” he told the BBC.

Milanic is under big pressure because of what Leeds are trying to achieve, which is getting back into the Premier League.

The obvious worry with replacing Redfearn as temporary coach is that it affects the recent momentum which has been created by the side.

Redfearn’s presence at games is positive because the individual who has encouraged Leeds to play free flowing and aggressive football over the last few weeks is still around the side.

It would have been naïve of Milanic to come in and start making drastic changes to a team, which isn’t broken and Redfearn can help with the transition as the new boss gradually implements his own ideas over how Leeds should play.

We’ll get an idea of how Leeds are likely to setup under Milanic later today when they take on Brentford away but there’s likely to still be a heavy element of Redfearn’s style involved.

Redfearn now has to adjust and use his knowledge of the first team to suggest changes to Milanic or to give advice when he’s asked to provide it.

It’s an exciting and positive time to be a Leeds fan and it’s encouraging that a common sense decision has been made to keep Redfearn in and around the team, which will help that momentum grow bigger and get stronger.

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