NEIL REDFEARN has reiterated his desire for his contractual situation to be sorted out “sooner rather than later” at Leeds United – to enable him to get his plans for next season firmly nailed down.
The United head coach and no.2 Steve Thompson, who have presided over a vibrant renaissance at Elland Road in 2015, are both out of contract in the summer with their futures still to be addressed.
Redfearn believes that the future on the playing side is undeniably rosy and is eager to carry on his restoration work at Leeds, with fans and players having bought into his tenure.
He said: “From my point of view, it’s important it gets addressed sooner rather than later. That’s a definite to come out of this.
“It is not an ideal set of circumstances if it drags on too long because obviously you want to start putting things in place and planning.
“I have more or less got place pre-season planned and know where I want to take the lads and the dates I want to bring them back and the games. We’ve got one game in particular, which will be an exciting game for supporters to look forward to it if we can get it across the line.
“These things are important and a good pre-season plan are key points you really want to crack on with.”
On whether he retains confidence that he be sticking around in his capacity as head coach for next season and hopefully beyond, Redfearn added: “I am hoping so. The conversations I have had with Massimo (Cellino) before his ban were good.
“He likes the idea of the kids being in and the overseas lads integrating quite well.
“There has been a lot of positives and pluses and he knows that.
“In a short space of time, you are hoping things are put in place and things will get addressed as possible so that we can move on.
“I can only do what I am doing and try and win football matches.
“We were in a dire situation, but the results have been good and performances a lot better.
“The supporters can see that, so hopefully it puts me in a good place.
“I am really excited about the future and want to be the man that sees it come to fruition.”