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BBC Pundit: Leeds missed an opportunity by not hiring Neil Redfearn

Steve Claridge believes Leeds may have overlooked an opportunity that was 'right under their nose.'

BBC pundit Steve Claridge feels Leeds United may have missed an opportunity by not hiring Neil Redfearn as their permanent manager.

The Leeds coach won 10 points from a possible 12 during his spell - not his first - as caretaker boss at Elland Road but was not handed the job full-time, with Sturm Graz boss Darko Milanic appointed instead.

And former Championship striker Claridge feels owner Massimo Cellino may have overlooked an opportunity that was 'right under his nose.'

Indeed, when asked about Leeds' decision to appoint Milanic - and the temporary loss of momentum that may have led to as the Yorkshire side lost at Brentford 2-0, he told the Football League Show:

“He had such a dramatic effect Neil Redfearn. You do get the feeling, certainly from a Leeds perspective, that sometimes the answer is right under your nose and they’ve overlooked it.

“You do think maybe that was an opportunity missed with Neil Redfearn."

Claridge also commented on Cellino's decision to sit in the stands with Leeds supporters during the defeat, stating:

“It’s each president to their own. I don’t imagine he’ll be doing that every week!

“I think if you’re a chairman you should be sat where everyone expects you to sit. But he is just trying to connect with the fans, you would imagine.”

Milanic's first game in charge of Leeds ended a run of four games unbeaten for the side, although there were some positive aspects to his team's performance despite the two-goal defeat.

The Leeds boss has, meanwhile, confirmed that Redfearn will stay in the dugout during games as part of the coaching staff.

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