As Neil Redfearn continues to negotiate with Leeds, here are five demands he could and should make...
Any manager making demands of trigger-happy club owner Massimo Cellino is playing a dangerous fame, but Neil Redfearn is in a unique position.
The Italian has made a pig's ear of finding a manager he can trust since arriving at Leeds, firing two bosses already this season. Redfearn's success during his caretaker period makes him a clear candidate, and Cellino even told fans he would take over, after sacking Darko Milanic.
Rather than an instant appointment, negotiations are dragging on, making fans a little uncomfortable, and whether if Redfearn is making demands, he is playing with fire and the whole saga could get worse.
If he is indeed attempting to call the shots, here are five reasonable demands he should make of Cellino...
Don't interfere with team selection
An absolute must, Neil Redfearn needs to insist that Massimo Cellino allows him to pick the players, without pressure or subtle influence. Rumours, although as yet unfounded, have circulated that the Italian has appointed bosses who he felt he could direct, but Redfearn will not stand for that.
Final say on transfers
Cellino and sporting director Nicola Salerno helped sign 15 players over the summer, including a number from Italy. Neil Redfearn needs to be able to turn down adding players to the squad he does not want or feels he needs. This must also extend to being able to clear the squad of deadwood, including players signed over the summer, not at his decision, who he feels are better off elsewhere.
A non-dismissal clause until next summer
Nobody can manage effectively, with the fear of the axe hanging over them every time there is a loss, or a period of games without a win. During a 46 game Championship season there are going to be lows and highs, and having wasted a period of time already, Redfearn should insist on being given the whole season to show what he can do, and a promise from Cellino not to fire him at least until next summer. This may seem negative, but in the short-term it relieves pressure, and subsequently a decision next summer may no longer be an issue.
A say in the academy future
Having presided over the academy, it's likely Redfearn will feel quite precious over handing the reigns to a successor. That's why the new man in charge should have his approval, and even recommendation, for it was successful under his command, and he will want to work with somebody he can trust. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by being unhappy at developments below him, so a good working relationship there is essential.
Payment equal to his peers
It may seem obvious, but the issue of pay as a sticking point has been touted by the tabloids. Redfearn may have been happy to take the job part-time as a caretaker manager, but there is an expectation he should be paid like one, rather than keep his salary. Cellino has more to lose than Redfearn if the coach now walks away, and so there is no reason for him to hold back unnecessarily.