Neil Redfearn is reportedly looking for three guarantees before he signs a contract to be new Leeds United head coach.
Leeds United academy chief Neil Redfearn is expected to be officially appointed as the club’s new head coach following the sacking of Darko Milanic over the weekend.
The announcement can only be a matter of time with several sources confirming that Redfearn takes charge of training today as Leeds hunt their first win in seven games, with their last victory coming when Redfearn was previously in charge.
There have been questions raised over why Redfearn hasn’t already signed a long term deal to become new head coach and it’s seemingly because he’s looking for three guarantees.
It’s only natural for any head coach to want to be rewarded for his efforts and Redfearn will see progression from head of the academy to head of the first team as deserving of a bigger contract than the one he already enjoys at Elland Road.
Furthermore, he’s reportedly looking for protection and that should come in the form of a long deal.
Redfearn needs the time and space to develop the side as he sees fit and he can’t do that if he’s worried about purely getting results, which jeopardise the development of the first team and the youngsters at the club.
The third thing he’s reportedly looking for is the protection of the academy, which he will leave behind when he’s appointed as the official head coach.
He’s done a great job with the younger players at Leeds and is likely to want a say in who follows him in his old role, as he looks to safeguard the development of the next generation of players coming through the ranks at Elland Road.
Redfearn is arguably the appointment that Cellino should have made in the first place before Milanic and the Italian would be well advised to let him have whatever he likes to start moving the side up towards the Championship play-offs.