Redfearn will get his chance as manager, says former Leeds man

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Neil Redfearn's spell as caretaker head coach of Leeds United will bring job offers in the future.

Readfearn oversaw four games in charge of the Whites, winning three, and leading the Elland Road outfit towards to top end of the Championship table.

Despite his impressive spell in charge, former Maribor and Sturm Graz manager Darko Milanic took charge of the club on September 23, with Redfearn stepping down to once again oversee the academy - the role he has held for a number of years.

Many people were calling for the 49-year-old to be given the job on a permanent basis, but President Massimo Cellino made the right decision in appointing a more experience coach, even one that has yet to work in England.

However, Redfearn’s short spell of success has proven that he can manage in the Championship, even at a club in the midst of upheaval, and former Leeds midfielder Andy Ritchie has suggested that a job will come up for him in the future.

Writing in the Yorkshire Evening Post, Ritchie, who played for the Whites for three years in the 1980’s, said: “For Neil, you have to ask what the future holds. He didn’t get the head coach’s job at Leeds and that’s the way it goes in football.

"In fairness, he’s going back to a role in the academy which is more secure and less volatile.

"But I don’t think his spell as caretaker will have gone unnoticed and I wouldn’t be surprised if a manager’s job comes up for him somewhere else soon.

"Success breeds success. It’s always been the way.”

As well as three separate spells as interim manager of the Whites, Redfearn has also worked as a caretaker for Halifax Town, twice, and York City. His only previous experiences as a full-time coach have been defeat-heavy spells with Scarborough and Northwich Victoria.

It has not been revealed if Redfearn was offered the permanent job at Elland Road, but if he was, the decision to turn it down might just be the best move for the good of his burgeoning management career.

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