Ex-Leeds defender Tom Lees indicates why Neil Redfearn deserves praise

Leeds United

Tom Lees believes that Redfearn has saved a club who were destined for relegation.

Lees transferred to Sheffield Wednesday last summer, and so has been out of the Whites turbulent season, but he has told the Yorkshire Post that Neil Redfearn deserves a lot of praise for stabilising the club.

“When Neil Redfearn took over, they were in a bit of a sticky situation,” the Owls defender said. “They were right in it and people were maybe talking about them being in a relegation battle.

“They are well clear of that now and got themselves out of that now by playing good football and they are improving. I like the way they play and have got some good players coming through, so credit to him.”

Lees had worked under Redfearn during his time at Elland Road, with the now-24-year-old progressing from academy to first-team before his departure in the summer. He endured a number of years off-pitch issues whilst at the club, although nothing he experienced has come close to the madness of this season.

Despite Redfearn’s impressive turning around of the club, with the strong form making the Whites look like real promotion contenders for next year, he has been undermined by the off-field work of chairman Massimo Cellino and sporting director Nicola Salerno.

He managed his team on an impressive run of form that saw them lose just three of 13 games, but it was following that run that assistant manager Steve Thompson was fired, and the current run of five straight defeats started - a run that Lees will be looking to add to this weekend, as the Owls host their Yorkshire rivals.

Lees has left Leeds and is now playing for a club with a bright future under safe new owners who are pushing the club forward. He departed the club before the furore of Massimo Cellino’s ownership got out of hand, and he is probably very grateful to have moved to Hillsborough on a free transfer.

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