Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers admits 'unpopular' decisions and discusses young players' futures

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The Leeds chairman says the club and their young players are not for sale.

Leeds United were plunged into turmoil yesterday. The club suspended assistant boss Steve Thompson without informing manager Neil Redfearn before hand. It has left his future at the club in doubt. With the fact he and Thompson have been performing wonders at Elland Road, which means the decision has been widely condemned by the Leeds fans.

The anger has been directed at the likes of owner Massimo Cellino, sporting director Nicola Salerno and chairman Andrew Umbers.

The latter of which has now released a statement regarding the recent turmoil, but also confirmed the club will not be selling any of their star youngsters. West Yorkshire Sport report him as stating:

"As a club we have to make professional decisions. These may be unpopular and we, the board, may be berated by the press and fans. It goes with the turf sometimes. But they are the right decisions. One by one we are sorting out our massive problems. It is all about making LUFC, once and forever, a proper football club again.

"If we were selling this club, we would not be working 24/7. The club is not for sale.

"Our young players are not for sale and, of course, contract negotiations are foremost in our mind and will be delivered. Our transfer embargo will be lifted soon and we will strengthen certain obvious areas."

Of course Leeds fans will be unlikely to take the statement with anything more than a pinch of salt.

Umbers is not popular with the fanbase and the statement will not allay fears regarding the future of their manager, whose contract expires in the summer, or young stars such as Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt - who they would like to be offered new and long-term contracts.

Leeds fans will still fear that their club is not going in the direction they would desire.

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