Leeds United caretaker boss Neil Redfearn has explained what he's looking to achieve in training this week.
Leeds United caretaker coach Neil Redfearn has stressed focus ahead of this weekend’s game against Cardiff City.
Redfearn is expected to be confirmed as the next permanent head coach at Leeds once a contract has been finalised, but he’s stressed his own position isn’t important, explaining what he’s trying to achieve in training with the first team.
Redfearn has explained he’s looking to try and achieve two things heading into the game against Cardiff.
“I don’t think anything (contract) will be finalised this week, to be honest and I am very mindful of the Saturday game. I want to get this week done, the training right and the lads upbeat,” Redfearn is quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Firstly, Redfearn is spot on to prioritise getting the basic training methods right this week.
The side have been shipping goals while struggling to score in attack and Redfearn needs to ensure there aren’t any fundamental problems, which developed during the 32 day reign of Darko Milanic as manager.
Leeds haven’t won a game since the last time Redfearn was in temporary control of the first team so it’s understandable why he would be worried about mood.
Redfearn was effective for four games earlier this season because he encouraged players to enjoy themselves, protecting them from the pressure of playing for the club and the need for points.
If he can get that mentality back into the team then Leeds could go to Cardiff with a different, more attacking setup than likely would have been the case under Milanic.
A win for Leeds this weekend pushes them back up towards the top half of the championship table and only improves Redfearn’s popularity with players and fans even further.