Neil Redfearn, great man, very good academy coach. Always there to help out Leeds United when they need him, should he be given a shot at being the head coach of Leeds United? There’s no doubt his side would play good football and that he would give the youth players a chance. When you look at it like that it seems stupid not to give him a chance. Look how it worked for Stuart Gray at Sheffield Wednesday?
Obviously he doesn’t have the experience of managing a first team in the football league for more than a caretaker spell but does that mean he shouldn’t be given a chance? Would any of us really prefer some Italian we’ve never heard of? Redders is Leeds and will always be Leeds. One thing that worries me is Cellino not giving him enough time, it would be a travesty if Redfearn was sacked and didn’t even get to keep charge of the academy. Leeds have a severe lack of coaches already and we could lose our great academy status, badly damaging the club in the long-term.
Another thing to consider is the other options, it appears that Tony Pulis, Nigel Gibbs, Simon Grayson and Oscar Garcia have already rejected us; leaving a severe lack of options available to Cellino. No doubt some of those rejections are in large-part to do with Cellino himself and his methods, that’s not going to change. Another favourite is Steve Clarke but I cannot see this happening, he is a very well-respected head coach and would not like Cellino interfering in the football side of things. Money may also be a bit of a factor as well… When Simon Grayson turns down Leeds United you know something isn’t right.
I think at this time Redfearn should be given a go, however only if the academy is sorted out with some new coaches as well, decided by Redfearn himself preferably. There are a hell of a lot of positives about Redders, he’s clearly going to make brave decisions, playing an extremely young midfield against Bolton in his first game. His decision paid off too, Cook was the best player on the pitch, with the exception of Silvestri with his heroics in-goal. He also brought Alex Mowatt straight back into the team and he had a quality game, it certainly made a change from Tonge and Austin being useless. Most importantly though, we won and the players showed a great team spirit along with a better style of play.
So what do you think? Leave a comment telling me if you think Neil Redfearn should be given a chance or not and if not, who should get the job?