Sol Bamba called on Leeds United's owner Massimo Cellino to back Neil Redfearn.
Sol Bamba has caused a stir at Leeds United by speaking his mind and calling for both clarity and wise decisions from the club's owner.
Bamba, on loan from Italian club Palermo, told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he was upset with the club's failure to back head coach Neil Redfearn.
He even acknowledged that by speaking out, he could well be doing his chances of staying at the club absolutely no favours.
“I have been around quite a few clubs, but I have never experienced this. The people upstairs have to make the right decision because it is sad for the club and the city.
"I want to stay at the club, but not for the wrong reasons. If he (Cellino) decides he doesn’t want to keep me because of what I have said, that is up to him."
Bamba has been impressive since signing, even handed the captain's armband by Neil Redfearn when Liam Cooper was unavailable or unselected.
His performances should have made him the biggest priority of all the club's loan players this summer, but as he realises, his chances of being signed permanently may not be clear cut.
The YEP report states Bamba has had no indication either way with regard to his future, and must clearly have felt he had little to lose by speaking out.
Leeds however would really lose a player who could be integral to their success next season, and can't afford for owner Massimo Cellino to take exception to his comments, and put his personal feelings above the club's prospects.
Here is a look at how fans reacted to Bamba's comments, largely full of admiration for his bold approach to speak up, at the end of a season full of chaos.
Incredible to see a man put the truth so far ahead of his professional success. Kudos Sol Bamba #lufc— Amitai Winehouse (@awinehouse1) May 3, 2015
Nice to see Bamba's comments. Putting the club in front of his own interests. I assume we've seen the last of him, but a good way to leave.— Simon O'Rourke (@simon_orourke) May 3, 2015
Bamba is a boss, the leader and captain the team needs but no way will cellino accept that interview #lufc— Ryan Pinnick (@RyanPinnicklufc) May 3, 2015
I absolutely love Sol Bamba! Club before self every time. He's the type of player we need at #lufc!— Daniel Hopper (@DanielH_LUFC) May 3, 2015
I'm gonna support whichever club Sol Bamba plays for next #lufc— Robyn #TeamRedders (@roobynVC) May 3, 2015
HEY, wouldn't it be refreshing if our upstairs bunch could be as honest as Bamba. There'd be a turn up for the books #lufc— Kay FC. #TeamRedders (@kaydobbo) May 3, 2015
Too many have toed the party line over the last decade, Kudos to Sol Bamba for speaking out. Side before self. #lufc— Josh Akers (@joshakers93) May 3, 2015
What's with this Sol Bamba love -in? He's been a liability more often than not. At it again Saturday. #lufc— Chris Collier (@Harvestchris) May 3, 2015