Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has eased concerns over how the academy will be run in his absence.
Leeds United head coach Neil Redfearn has eased concerns over the club’s academy as he prepares to take the top job at Elland Road.
Redfearn’s reputation at Leeds has been allowed to develop because of the positive work he’s done with the academy and the obvious worry with him moving into the head coach role, is that all of the hard work will become undone.
However, ‘Redders’ has stressed that Leeds will make simple changes in his absence, with one of the assurances he’s thought to have been negotiating for in a new contract, the chance to drop back to the academy if his job as head coach doesn’t work out.
“We’ll maybe look at bringing an (Under-21s) coach in but we’ve got ways of restructuring things simply from within,” he’s quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“We’ve promoted a lot of people from within and it’s only right that those people carry on doing what they’ve been doing. I’m really proud of what’s been achieved here and I always say we’re the best category two academy in the country.”
He has a point. The Leeds youth system has been extremely productive in the last couple of seasons in terms of helping younger players make the step up to the first team.
One of the best examples is Lewis Cook, a player who at 17-years-old, has become one of the most important players to the first team squad.
Leeds mustn’t do anything to damage what has been a very positive and impressive production line in terms of players over the last couple of seasons and Redfearn certainly won’t allow a naïve appointment to be made in terms of the person who replaces him.
It would be a sensible move by Leeds to let him have a say in who controls the academy while he’s head coach because it’s important they share a good relationship as Leeds try to move forward.