Leeds United caretaker boss Neil Redfearn has revealed what he's doing to protect players from off the field speculation.
Leeds United caretaker manager Neil Redfearn has revealed what he’s doing to keep the players from becoming distracted by the hunt for a new permanent boss.
Massimo Cellino has confirmed Redfearn won’t be getting the job on a full-time basis, which may have left some first team stars wondering over who they’ll be playing under in the near future.
The danger that creates is that it’s a distraction, taking emphasis away from a period which could be vital by the end of the season.
“You try and get as much normality as you can. The last thing the players need is unsettling – It’s just a case of uncomplicating things and giving them the responsibility,” he told a press conference.
Managing Leeds United is one of the biggest jobs in English football and the distractions created by the club looking for a new boss can come in a variety of forms.
The media has the ability to whip up a lot of publicity for certain candidates linked with the job with stories from managers pasts likely to catch the eye of first team players.
There’s also the chance that players could start questioning their role and place in the team, especially as Leeds have one of the biggest squads outside the Premier League.
There could be certain individuals who fear they’ll get neglected by a new manager if they don’t perform and grab attention as the process to find a new boss is ongoing.
Redfearn is almost putting the pressure onto himself knowing that he’ll drop back to taking care of the academy when Cellino decides who he wants to guide the side forward.
That almost gives Redfearn free reign to try out new things and coach with freedom, which is a good feeling and he’s trying to put that across and onto his players which is important.
Protecting them at a key time in the club’s development is a smart tactic and after all, the players are there to get results, not to worry about decisions they have no control over.