Leeds United: Redfearn’s done a terrific job but his future needs sorting now – Gray

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WE needed a win at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday and it was a good victory after coming back from 1-0 down.

The players will be delighted and I thought they thoroughly deserved the victory.

Luke Murphy is challenged by Sheffield Wednesday's Lewis Buxton.

Luke Murphy is challenged by Sheffield Wednesday's Lewis Buxton.

They played well – especially in the second half when they took control of the game. The conditions weren’t easy – it was a bit windy and the pitch was a bit bobbly but they coped with conditions very well and it was a good all-round performance.

The defenders did their job when they had to but going forward they did well too. When Billy Sharp came on he gave us a little bit of inspiration. He worked extremely hard and he will have been delighted to have put one over on Sheffield Wednesday!

Steve Morison scored again and it’s been a long time for him to wait for his goals to come. But it could be a nice finish to the season for him and he’ll be hoping to sign off against Rotherham next Saturday with another one.

That could be an interesting game depending on how Rotherham’s game against Reading goes mid-week. They could be clear of relegation by then or still fighting for their lives.

I think Neil Redfearn will have been delighted with how the players performed at Hillsborough as it’s always a tough game, a local derby.

We stepped it up when it mattered and I thought we deserved it, especially against probably our biggest rivals in Yorkshire in Sheffield Wednesday, from the point of view of them being a big club, too.

There was a big crowd there – over 28,000 – so it created a good atmosphere and the Leeds fans will have been delighted. There’s only the Rotherham game left now and Neil’s future is still unclear. And unless things get resolved quickly you just wonder what’s going to happen.

I don’t know whether Neil is having any talks with the owner and if he’s not communicating with him now then it doesn’t look that good.

We’re safe in the league and we’re coming to the end of the season and now should be the time when you are drawing up your retained list, players you want to keep and players you want to bring in to the club. As a manager, you are trying to get things put into motion so you are ready to go for the start of the new season.

But I don’t know what the owner’s plans are and you don’t even know how Neil feels himself now. He’s got to think about his career as well, what he wants to do and we’ll have to wait and see what transpires.

People will probably be looking at Neil and thinking ‘he’s done a good job, we wouldn’t mind him at our club’, so he might have things to think about as well.

But it would be disappointing for Neil if he couldn’t get the opportunity to finish the job he’s started.

He’s brought a few of the young boys in but I still think we’ll have to get players in if we are going to be worthwhile challengers next season.

The thing about football clubs is you have got to have a good relationship between the people at the top and the coaching staff, especially the head coach. And I don’t know how that particular relationship is.

I think Neil has done a terrific job. It’s difficult circumstances at the club as everybody knows – it’s been like that for a bit now.

At one stage, we looked in deep relegation trouble and he introduced a few of the younger players and we got over that. It’s not been a great finish to the season but it was a good win at the weekend and we’ll hopefully win on Saturday.

So you’ve got to say Neil has done a good job but football is a strange game and anybody could be the ideal person for the job if they get the results.

And I don’t know what the owner or the people in charge think as they might believe we should have done better this year.

We’re 15th at best and the league doesn’t lie so they might think differently to me or other people. We’ll have to wait and see when Massimo Cellino comes back what direction he’s going to take. What the atmosphere is like for Saturday’s final game I don’t know. You just hope that a decent crowd turns up that gets behind the team. I just hope we can finish off with a victory that gives the players the confidence to start next season on a high.

Thomas Christiansen

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