Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn told BBC Radio Leeds he feels he’s got to stay strong for the good of his players.
Leeds are on a difficult run of form in the Championship and Redfearn is under pressure to ensure his team puts three points on the board, which will help his own position when it’s reviewed at the end of the season.
It would be understandable if Redfearn felt undermined because of goings on at the club, which forced him to start doubting himself, but he’s given his squad a very clear and positive message ahead of their last two games.
“I’ve got to stay strong for these lads. It’s important we try and fix things up and improve things and get into a good position by the end of the season,” said Redfearn.
Redfearn is a popular man with Leeds fans and the squad, because he’s honest and protects the basic values of the club, which have been enhanced under his tenure.
He’s built his reputation around the way he’s developed younger players and hopefully he can go back to that role with the academy, if he’s removed from his position and not given the chance to stay on next season.
Two wins from the club’s final two games would put a positive spin on the end of the campaign and create some momentum, which will bode well if Redfearn stays or for the new manager coming in who will replace him.
Either way Redfearn’s mentality won’t change; he’ll stay strong and will fight for his team as long as he’s enabled to.