Leeds United academy chief Neil Redfearn is being linked with the vacant managerial post at York City.
Neil Redfearn’s connections with the York City youth system have created speculation that the Leeds academy boss is the next in line to take over at the League Two team after they sacked Nigel Worthington.
Redfearn has one of the best reputations in the country for nurturing and leading younger players and he was tipped to take the head coach role at Leeds on a permanent basis before Darko Milanic was appointed at Elland Road.
During his caretaker reign, Redfearn was in control of the Leeds team for four games where they went unbeaten and played some free flowing, attacking and open football which allowed the team to climb the Championship table.
He showed great potential as a leader and an inspiration to a group of players during his brief reign this season, which provided an insight into what he’d be like as manager at a top level club.
York is a completely different proposition to Leeds but would allow Redfearn to develop his experience as a manager at a lower level with less pressure.
The argument for Leeds fighting tooth and nail to keep him is the impact he’s had with their academy system, which has created some of the best youngsters to feature for the side in the Championship.
That production line is reliable and has provided Leeds with several players they can draft into the first team ranks as well as leaving the youth section of the club in great shape.
Leeds have been one of the dominant sides in the under-21 Professional Development League this season and a large part of that is down to the belief and responsibility that Redfearn has encouraged in the younger players.
Here’s what Leeds United fans have had to say about the prospect of losing the popular ‘Redders’ via Twitter.
A reminder of our 14-15 league record without Redfearn: P7 W1 D2 L4 points5. Or put another way, relegation form #lufc— Michael (@Greenyesthatone) October 14, 2014
#thefootball rumours of Leeds Neil Redfearn leaving for York City . No disrespect to York , but Neil can do better than them ?— David Bazzy Basnett (@vikingbazzybtb) October 14, 2014
Redfearn wouldn't go back to York would he?! I'll be heartbroken if he does!— Lewis Wheatley (@LewisLUFC1919) October 13, 2014
Redfearn would be a great coup for York City as manager but no chance can I see that happening. Way too important at Leeds— Tom Maltby (@TMaltby1994) October 13, 2014
hope Redfearn does go to York. deserves a crack. he won't last 2 seasons, mind. #lufc— Marc Coleman (@Ned_Bender) October 13, 2014
Redfearn goes to York City and all bets about this season and it's outcome are off. #lufc— Michael (@Greenyesthatone) October 13, 2014
As if Cellino is going to give York permission to tall to Redfearn. He's not THAT stupid— louis (@bray_louis) October 13, 2014
Why would Redfearn go to York. He is going to be the next LUFC coach when Darko gets the boot.— Poz (@Poz89) October 13, 2014