Neil Redfearn will not be the next permanent manager of Leeds United.
Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has confirmed that Neil Redfearn will not be the next permanent manager of the club.
Redfearn was in charge of Leeds for the weekend draw at Birmingham City and the Italian has also suggested he could oversee the next two games as the quest for a new boss goes on.
“Neil’s very busy with the academy and I need him in that job. He’s an outstanding coach, a guy who knows how good teams should play, but it would do too much damage to the academy if he stays as (head) coach,” Cellino is quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“He’ll be coach at Bournemouth, 100 per cent, and maybe on Saturday as well. But I’ve got ideas about what I’ll do. I’m thinking about a foreign coach, an international coach who I can work with. We need to meet and talk but I think he could be good for us.”
Leeds remain one of the biggest clubs in English football despite their recent dip down the leagues, which makes them an extremely tempting proposition for any youngster making his way in the game.
Several Leeds fans commented that Redfearn should be left where is, when reports started tipping him to take the first team coaching job on a permanent basis and that seems to be the way forward for the club.
Who Cellino has his eye on as the foreign coach he talks about is unclear but while Redfearn is doing a great job with younger players at the club, there’s no point in moving him.
A great example is teenager Lewis Cook who has come into the Leeds team at a very early age and excelled due to the upbringing he’s been given by the youth system at Elland Road.
“I want Neil (Redfearn) to be involved with the first team in some way. He knows the young players, the players like him and they respect him. I respect him.”
Who Cellino appoints as the next coach could turn out to be a decision which is heavily criticised but in this case, he’s got it spot on.