Massimo Cellino has said that he is happy for Neil Redfearn to remain the head coach of Leeds United for next season, according to The Guardian.
“I am in love with Neil and I don’t want to talk to anyone else about the job,” said Cellino. “I have always believed in him and I gave him his big chance.”
However, Cellino has hinted that he is still not sure if Redfearn is the right man to take Leeds back to the Premier League.
“If my coach is working in the right direction I will treat him better than anyone else in the world,” said the former owner of Italian club Cagliari.
“I have made a lot of mistakes in my life and I don’t want to have this. But I need to decide whether Neil is best for the club and can lead us back to the Premier League."
Cellino’s comments about his love for Redfearn will come as good news to Leeds fans, who want the Englishman to remain in charge of the first team next season.
The 49-year-old did a good job at Elland Road despite taking charge way after the 2014-15 campaign had started, and one suspects that he is going to do much better when given a full season.
Redfearn’s current contract with Leeds runs out in the summer, and the sooner he gets a new deal, the better for everyone.
However, the fact that Cellino is not sure whether Redfearn is the right man to take Leeds back to the Premier League is worrying.
While it is true that Redfearn has not got a history of guiding clubs to the Premier League, he knows the current bunch of Leeds players inside out and can get the best out of them.
Moreover, the players enjoy playing under the Englishman and have respect for him. Having worked with them for months, Redfearn has built the foundation for a promotion-winning team.