Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has expressed shock at the resignation of chief operating officer Matt Child.
Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has expressed his shock and disappointment at Matt Child's resignation from the club, speaking to BBC Radio Leeds.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported this week that Child had quit his role as chief operating officer, which he only took up in December.
Child is a Leeds fan and always came across well in interviews, and the reason for his exit has not yet been disclosed by either the club nor he personally.
Redfearn seemed upset, yet respectful, with regard to his decision to walk away.
He said: "It comes as a surprise because Matt Child did so well in a short space of time. He's a good guy, he's a likeable guy, he's an intelligent guy.
"He had lots of plans that he wanted to bring to fruition at the football club. He had got good aspirations to develop the club further, and I know he's held in high regard by the people down at Elland Road.
"It's a shame, its come as a shock. obviously he'll have his reasons why he's had to go, but its a big loss for the club."
Child's appointment came at a key time with Massimo Cellino banned by the Football League in early December.
He had been involved particularly with commercial activities at the club, aiming to forge better relations with sponsors and local businesses. The fact he had Redfearn's backing, a man considered essential to Leeds' future, suggests the club have lost a potential asset.
It is not yet clear with who or how Leeds will replace him. Leeds' current chairman is Andrew Umbers, while owner Massimo Cellino is eligible to apply for re-instatement in early May.