Neil Redfearn has been speaking about his future after enjoying a fine spell in temporary charge of Leeds United.
Leeds United’s academy manager Neil Redfearn has revealed his long-term ambition.
The 49-year-old enjoyed a fantastic spell in charge of the club’s first-team when he was tasked with becoming caretaker boss in the wake of David Hockaday’s departure, guiding the team to 10 points out of a possible 12. But Darko Milanic was later given the role as permanent head coach, leaving Redfearn to get back to his day job.
However, having experienced what it was like in the Elland Road dugout, Redfearn has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he hopes that was not the end of his time as a manager.
“I enjoyed my time with the first-team and that is where I see myself in the future,” he said.
“It gave me a good insight into it and obviously, I did not let myself down and it has put the club in a far better position.”
It certainly has, and his impact has been further highlighted when you consider Milanic is yet to oversee a win in his first three matches in charge.
That will change, but one wonders if club chairmen have now taken notice of Redfearn’s impact at Leeds and are considering giving him the chance to take charge once more.
His importance to the Leeds academy is vital, and he could well be there for years to come, ultimately replacing Milanic if and when the Slovenian moves on. But it seems clear Redfearn has what it takes to lead a first-team squad; the only question is, where will he ultimately be doing that?