Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has given a message to all of his players for when they return to the club for pre-season, as covered by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Redfearn has revealed that the players have been told that if he’s still in charge, they will not be involved at the start of pre-season if they haven’t kept to the schedules they have been given.
Programmes are commonly handed to all players at big clubs at the end of a season to ensure that their general fitness levels don’t drop drastically as they have some time off.
“I’ve got to look at it as if I’m going to be here - They’ve got to stick to them and if they don’t, if they come back short of where they should be and I’m in charge, then they won’t be involved. We’ve told them that,” said the boss.
“The lads need a break, from a psychological point of view as much as a physical one – But we need to be ready and that goes for me too because we don’t want to get caught short.”
Redfearn appears eager for the club to avoid a difficult start to the season, similar to last year, which could hold back the aspirations and ambitions of the side for the whole campaign.
Leeds struggled at time last season due to a lack of stability and they quickly found themselves in a position towards the bottom of the table, before Redfearn came in on a permanent basis.
It’s encouraging, providing he’s being kept on as boss, that he’s already thinking about next year and ways for the team and the club to move forward.
His comments are also clever because they keep the players honest and ensure that no one features for the club in pre-season or at the start of the season, if they aren’t committed and haven’t take the summer seriously.