Leeds United: Neil Redfearn could be tempted to rejoin former club

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Neil Redfearn is being tracked by Barnsley, with manager Danny Wilson struggling under pressure.

Redfearn led Leeds to a mid table position during his four-game spell in caretaker charge of the club, winning three to set-up the perfect platform for the arrival of Darko Milanic.

Having voiced a desire to move back into full-time management, many were surprised to see the academy coach overlooked in favour of the unknown Milanic, with the 49-year-old returning to his previous role directing the youth programs at Elland Road.

However, his achievements with Leeds have proven his ability to manage at a top level, and a number of clubs will surely show interest in the former midfielder - including the club where he spent his most fruitful years, Barnsley.

Signed by the Tykes in 1991, Redfearn went on to make 338 appearances for Danny Wilson’s side, being named captain as he led the club into their first ever Premier League season in 1997. His seven year stay at Oakwell made him a club legend, and he could be turned to as a replacement for his former manager.

Wilson is in his second spell in charge of Barnsley, having been the man who oversaw their rise to the top flight, although he failed to keep them in the Championship last season following his arrival in December. Despite signing a number of players over the summer, the Tykes have endured a torrid start to the season, winning just two games and sitting in the relegation places.

Criticism has followed Wilson this season, and according to Vital Leeds, Redfearn is being tipped to take the lead role at Oakwell.

If the 49-year-old is to make the switch to his former club, it will be his third spell as a permanent manager, and he will be looking to improve upon his defeat heavy campaigns with Scarborough and Northwich Victoria.

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