The Yorkshire Evening Post reported last night that the Football League had approved Massimo Cellino’s return to the Leeds United board as chairman.
The Italian was forced to step down from his position as president during last season, but his official return is now imminent.
With Cellino back at Elland Road, one man with a lot of questions is going to be Neil Redfearn.
Here are some of the guarantees that he may be looking for.
A new contract
There’s been no official indication that Redfearn will be kept on as manager for next season. Only Cellino can make that decision.
It would be remarkable if he’s not given the chance to stay on and further develop the side considering his popularity with fans and his expertise in developing younger players.
Assistant to be reinstated
Steve Thompson was suspended last season, without any warning given to Redfearn. The results of the team dipped as the boss was clearly affected by not having his deputy at his side.
Redfearn is likely to want a guarantee that Thompson will be allowed to resume his position, which would remove some of the pressure from his shoulders.
More control over transfers
Redfearn was very open last season about the recruiting system that Leeds have in place and in the large part, it worked efficiently.
However, there were numerous examples of players brought in where things didn’t work out with Adryan being the most obvious.
Redfearn is the best placed man to advise what Leeds need in terms of personnel and the best placed man to sell the club to potential new signings.
A say over player contracts
The Yorkshire Evening Post recently published a list of the current contractual situations of players at the club.
While Redfearn is unlikely to deal with contracts himself, there are players he’ll want to keep with expiring deals such as Lewis Walters and Kalvin Phillips.