Redfearn reveals key clause Cellino put in his Leeds contract

Neil Redfearn

Neil Redfearn has revealed that Massimo Cellino put a key clause in his contract at Leeds United.

Speaking to the Guardian, Redfearn confirmed that he has a written clause in his contract that prevents the Italian owner from interfering with team selections.

“It’s written in my contract that I have got sole right to picking the starting XI and who plays in the side,” the former academy boss said. “Obviously I’ll talk football with him and I’ll talk players but he never tells me who to pick. I think he realises that he’s potentially got his hands on something really big.”

Cellino is known to be a big fan of the footballing side of club matters, and that fondness should be regarded as a real positive considering the distant view of many club owners.

However, in the early parts of the campaign, as well as towards the end of last season, he was criticised for potentially being in control of team selections. With on-pitch performances far from brilliant, the former Cagliari owner was derided for his supposed involvement on matchdays.

Yet, since Redfearn took permanent charge of the Whites first-team, performances and results have improve to no end. They now sit comfortably mid-table, and with a wealth of promise to push on for promotion next season.

Knowing that Redfearn has had complete control over the first-team selections and match tactics should bring much praise to him, as he has overseen a fantastic turnaround in form.

Cellino may enjoy discussing on-pitch matters with Redfearn, but when his ban for disqualification ends, he would do well to stay as far away from Elland Road as possible.

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