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Redfearn: Leeds sold its soul in the past, now we're re-finding our identity

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn believes the club's youngsters are the future at Elland Road.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has told the Guardian about how the club are re-establishing their identity under his leadership.

Redfearn believes that the Whites 'sold their soul' and lost their way under past regimes, but he is looking to promote the core values of the club whilst he is in-charge.

Redfearn wants to take the very best of Don Revie's ethos - Leeds boss when the Whites were at their most successful - and implement it at Elland Road again. 

He says that bringing through youth players will be vitally important and Leeds need to protect the star players currently in their team. 

“These kids are massive assets at a time when the club doesn’t have many assets,” Redfearn said. “It doesn’t own the stadium, it doesn’t own the training ground. This is the bit they’ve got to protect, big style, because this is they way the club is going to get out of the s***.

“This club has sold its assets, sold its soul, when Leeds United has always been about youth. The Revie era, that great time, was about young, homegrown players. What you can’t do is sell your soul; you’ve got to protect that with your life."

Leeds have built their success around the form of Lewis Cook, Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor and Alex Mowatt this season and more youngsters are set to follow them into the starting line-up.

It is an exciting time to be a Leeds supporter and the progress the Yorkshire outfit have made under Redfearn's tutelage has been evident already. 

The Whites have climbed the Championship table rapidly in 2015 and they will be looking to build upon this momentum next term, where they will hope to mount a sustained promotion challenge. 

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