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Final weekend of the Championship: The man under pressure at Leeds United

Leeds United have a very good reason to try and end this season on a high.

This weekend signals the end of the season for most Championship clubs, before the long wait for pre-season and the build up to the next campaign.

Leeds United are one of the sides fortunate to be ending the season in front of their own supporters and the man arguably under the most pressure this weekend is the manager, Neil Redfearn.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that Massimo Cellino has been cleared to attend the match as a supporter and if he does, Redfearn is likely to be one of the men he will be watching closely.

Redfearn’s contract is set to be reviewed after the game this weekend and his chances of staying on will be better with a positive performance and a win.

His ability to man manage a group of predominantly younger players is very obvious, but the pressure is going to increase next season with Leeds hunting a promotion into the Premier League.

Fortunately for Redfearn and Leeds, their opponents this weekend, Rotherham, secured their safety in the Championship earlier this week.

There will be a party atmosphere surrounding them, but it’s impossible for them to play with the same intensity than would have been the case, had they gone into this weekend needing to win to stay up.

Redfearn’s approach in the build up to the game is likely to be the same as it has been whenever he has been in charge of the first team this season.

He’ll be open, he’ll be honest, he won’t be afraid to throw some fresh younger players into the line-up and he’ll want to see responsibility and determination from his more experienced players.

Hopefully the side can reward him with a positive performance, which sees the season end on a high and creating a positive thought heading into the summer, rather than reflecting on something more negative in what could be his final game.

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