Leeds United chairman and owner Massimo Cellino said in an interview with Simon Austin on his blog, also covered by Inside Futbol, what he feels people forget over the way he first treated Neil Redfearn.
There is uncertainty over Redfearn’s position at the club right now and it will be interesting to see whether Cellino gives him the opportunity to try and guide the club into the Premier League next season.
Much has been made of the circumstances under which Redfearn has had to work this season, with his assistant suspended without his knowledge, but the Italian has insisted that he’s always held the current boss in good regard.
“People forget, when I first came in, after just 24 hours, I put him on the bench. I liked him and believed in him straight away,” he said.
Redfearn did a decent job last season under difficult circumstances and ticked the boxes in terms of everything asked of him last year.
He came in after Darko Milanic at a difficult time in the season when Leeds were on the ropes and locked in a battle near the foot of the table.
He got them out of trouble and into the top half of the table, consolidating them and keeping the club safe from dropping back down into that group battling to avoid the drop.
Leeds now have a chance to give him the tools to get the squad into a good position by the start of next year and he’s got to be fully backed as he looks to improve things.