First team Leeds coach Neil Redfearn admits he has been impressed with the way the players have handled Brian McDermott’s replacing of Neil Warnock.
The ex-Reading gaffer has only just arrived in west Yorkshire but he has already ensured the club will be playing Championship football again next year.
Redfearn told the official Leeds website: “Brian has only just come in and his reign is still in its infancy and he is looking to put his own ethos into it.”
Speaking after Saturday’s defeat at Birmingham, the journeyman midfielder added: “If you look at the performance, if we’d have won the game 1-0 then you would have said it was a good away performance.”
Results elsewhere mathematically guaranteed survival, but Redfearn acknowledged that McDermott’s plans are very much a work in progress.
“The team will progress to the level that we want them at but the most importance thing is that the building blocks are in place,” he said.
United host Brighton at Elland Road on Saturday in a match that has far more riding on it for the away side, but Redfearn believes they have a bit more freedom to express themselves now safety is assured.
“They are enjoying what they are doing, they are having the ball and are prepared to play.
“It’s impossible to change overnight but the reaction from the players has been first class,” he said.
A victory at the weekend could take Leeds to as high as ninth in the table – highlighting just how tight the Championship is this season.