Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn had a clear and strong message for the club’s fans after a difficult season, as covered by BBC Radio Leeds.
Redfearn thanked Leeds fans for the support they have given him throughout the season and stressed their importance to the club moving forward.
“At Leeds United, it demands success – They’re behind everything I’ve done and they’ve backed me 110% and I can't thank them enough,” said Redfearn.
“For me, I think the supporters have been one of the highlights of the season – We’ve had to stick together as it’s looked like we might go down, but they’ve stuck with it.”
Redfearn enjoys a very good relationship with Leeds supporters as he’s local and has promoted values within his team which are popular with the fans.
He’s developed younger players and introduced them into the Leeds first team, which has helped the squad to retain a core of individuals who know all about the identity of the club.
Massimo Cellino will soon decide whether Redfearn is the man who will be in charge looking ahead to next season, but if the Italian does opt for someone else, Redfearn won’t leave with his relationship with the fans damaged.
At times his tactics and team selection have been questionable, but he’s never tried to pull the wool over the eyes of fans with plenty of adversity still surrounding the football club.
Leeds are a club that should be contending for promotion into the Premier League next season and hopefully Redfearn will be given a chance to achieve that ultimate aim.