Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has said that the current situation surrounding club president Massimo Cellino is not affecting the players.
The Italian entrepreneur has been asked to resign from his post at the Championship club by the Football League.
Cellino is entitled to return to Leeds and resume control from March 18 next year, but he is said to be considering an appeal.
Redfearn, though, insists that the controversy is not affecting the players at all, and reiterates his belief in the Italian’s long-term ambition for Leeds.
Redfearn on president Massimo Cellino: "He’s here for the long haul. He’s done fantastic. I’m buying into what he wants to do." #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) December 4, 2014
Redfearn says off-field issues have not disrupted the team & new players would be coming into “something that’s starting to flourish”. #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) December 4, 2014
Redfearn on off-field distractions: “We come to TA & lose ourselves in the training. We can’t affect anything else that goes on.” #lufc— Leeds United FC (@LUFC) December 4, 2014
Leeds will return to Championship action on Saturday when they take on Ipswich Town away from home. The Whites are currently 15th in the league table with 23 points from 19 matches.