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Adam Pearson gives his verdict on Neil Redfearn's acrimonious Leeds exit

The Leeds executive director has offered the departed coach his respect but has, at the same time, taken a strong stance.

Leeds United executive director Adam Pearson has taken a strong stance over the departure of former boss Neil Redfearn, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Indeed, Redfearn was United's head coach last season but a breakdown in his relationship with owner Massimo Cellino meant he was replaced by Uwe Rosler. And the 50-year-old also didn't return to his previous role as head of the Whites academy.

But Pearson, when asked about Redfearn's acrimonious departure, stood firm over the way things have worked out at Leeds. The director has offered 'Redders' his respect but feels the club is bigger than any individual and feels it is best United move on from the whole episode.

Pearson is quoted as saying by the YEP: "Look, I think as a club we’re moving on. Neil said what he said in the papers and that’s fine but our focus has really been on making sure the academy got what it needed this summer.

"I’m not going to pretend that the academy and the staff there haven’t done excellent work over the years. Its record speaks for itself. But it’s important to remember that the success of the academy - and the club for that matter - doesn’t just come down to one individual, or two or three."

The majority of Leeds supporters agree that Redfearn's treatment was far from befitting of a man who had served the club so loyally for so many years.

At the same time, however, the overriding impression appears to be that the 50-year-old is better off leaving Leeds considering what occurred between him and the club's Italian owner. Where could Redders end up next?

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