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Cellino makes another Leeds U-Turn: Will this 'do too much damage'?

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Leeds United owner needs to make a contingency plan for Neil Redfearn.

After six games under Darko Milanic, it is all change again, with Leeds owner Massimo Cellino making the popular decision to revert to the management of Neil Redfearn.

Redfearn handled the first team as caretaker boss after Dave Hockaday's sacking, leading Leeds to three wins and a draw in four games.

That momentum has now been lost, after no wins in six games, with Cellino admitting it was a mistake to appoint Milanic.

Asked in mid-September however, if Redfearn could be considered for the manager's position full-time, Cellino gave a clear answer on why not.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: "Neil’s very busy with the academy and I need him in that job.

“He’s an outstanding coach, a guy who knows how good teams should play, but it would do too much damage to the academy if he stays as (head) coach."

After making a U-turn on Milanic, he is now seemingly prepared to make another with regard to Redfearn.

Now Cellino has a double-pronged conundrum ahead regarding the challenge of appointing Redfearn as Leeds coach full-time.

Firstly, he needs to make a solid appointment to take over Redfearn's role as head of the academy. His track record so far in terms of hiring has been less than impressive. With a number of talented young players at the club, and not wanting to undo good work undertaken by Redfearn, it's a decision Cellino needs to and will not to get right.

If he can do so, then the 'damage', will be minimal or non-existent, but Cellino will need to make a plan for the eventuality the first team role does not work out under Redfearn this time.

Without wanting to think negatively, it's clear that Cellino is impatient in terms of wanting to achieve success, and if he is not satisfied with Redfearn, could he lose him altogether?

Given the track record seen under his tenure so far, for Redfearn to simply make it until the end of the season would be progress, and an achievement.

If it does not work out under Redfearn, demoting or re-assigning him to his old role will not be straightforward, with relationships between the pair likely to have frayed if it got to that point; and then there is the fact a replacement will already be in post.

The temptation to hire Redfearn is now impossible to ignore, and it is surely what the fans want, after his success earlier in the season. But it is not without it's drawbacks, and Leeds and Cellino need to work out a way to ensure there is no long-term damage done, if it proves to be a short-term gamble without success.

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