Why Neil Redfearn's managerial record should rule him out of Leeds job

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The Leeds United caretaker boss has failed to impress during a number of spells as a full time manager.

Redfearn was appointed caretaker boss at the end of last month, and has yet to lose a game out of the three he has overseen - winning two.

Following a 3-1 victory at Bournemouth on Tuesday night, calls for the former Whites Academy Manager to be appointed on a full-time basis were louder, having coached the Ellan Road outfit to arguably their best performance of the season.

Despite a number of high profile candidates putting their names forward for the job, and President Massimo Cellino refusing to give any indication that Redfearn may be allowed to continue full-time, it is looking increasingly likely that the 49-year old will be in charge for this weekends home tie with Huddersfield.

If he is in control at Elland Road on Saturday, it will be the Football League veteran’s ninth game as a temporary boss of Leeds United, having overseen four games in 2012, before taking charge on a single Championship tie last year.

His win ratio with the Yorkshire club is a respectable 50%, having drawn one and lost three of his games in charge - with all the losses coming before his current spell.

However, it is when the entirety of his managerial career is surveyed that Redfearn looks like a disastrous candidate for the full-time role - with his record worse than the man he replaced at Elland Road, Dave Hockaday.

In two spells as a full-time head coach, Redfearn oversaw 38 games with Scarborough and Northwich Victoria - winning just six. All the victories came with Scarborough, as he failed to retain his job with Northwich after eight losses and one draw from just nine games in charge.

Aside from Leeds, he has also been in caretaker control at Halifax Town - on two separate occasions - and York City, during which he claimed five victories from 20 games in control.

Across his entire career, Redfearn has been in charge for 66 games, winning 15 - a ratio of just 22.7%. He has lost more than half of his games in charge, with 37 defeats - a record that none should be proud of.

Having coached at a similar level to Redfearn, Hockaday has a better record, having been in charge for 193 games, of which 66 were victories - an improved ratio of 34.2%. Despite having a worse ratio when in charge of Leeds, the recently dismissed head coach and Redfearn share a number of similarities - most of them concerned with lower league failures.

Whilst appointing from within would be the honourable thing to do, Cellino would be wise to take heed of the number of applicants, and spend his time appointing the perfect man for the job.

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