Stuart Gray jumps to the defence of Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn

Elland Road pitchside

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray has been impressed by the job Neil Redfearn has done at Leeds United.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray has praised the job Neil Redfearn has done at Leeds United in the Sheffield Star.

Gray believes Redfearn has coped well in far from ideal circumstances at Elland Road, suggesting that he has done things the right way.

“Neil [Redfearn] has done things the right way with his coaching badges,” Gray said. “He was the academy manager at Leeds and ended up getting promoted to the senior job. He knows who he is working with and put his faith in the kids.

“People will say it has been a difficult period at Leeds but Neil has come out with a lot of credit and dignity.”

Gray's comments echo the opinion of many Leeds fans, as they have rallied behind Redfearn after a number of off-the-field issues.

Leeds supporters have been heard vocalising their frustration at the club's owner, Massimo Cellino, at recent matches, while support for Redfearn has been more evident.

The 49-year-old manager's future still remains unclear, though, as his contract expires at the end of the season and there has been no suggestion that he will be offered a new deal.

Gray will not want to do Redfearn any favours this weekend, though, as his Wednesday side are preparing to pile more misery on beleaguered Leeds.

The Whites have lost their last five matches and the Owls will want to extend their poor run of form to claim bragging rights over their Yorkshire rivals.

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