Is this the smartest aspect of Leeds' Neil Redfearn appointment?

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The 49-year-old has finally been appointed full-time by Leeds - and one clause in his contract proves Massimo Cellino has thought this one through.

Even before he came to Leeds United, Massimo Cellino had a reputation for - shall we say - impatience when it came to hiring and firing managers.

This season, that reputation has been enhanced and simply emphasised to a new audience.

The Italian decided to hire both Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic, with the thinking behind either appointment extremely unclear, before sacking them both after just several weeks.

Now, though, Neil Redfearn is Leeds boss and, despite losing his first game in full charge at Elland Road, things should be different.

For starters, Redfearn is a Leeds man through and through and has worked with Cellino consistently throughout his time in Yorkshire.

The Italian needs him and knows what he can do following his caretaker spell in charge of the club earlier this season. He won't be getting rid of him anytime soon and nor will he have reason to, as the 49-year-old should pull things round without much fuss.

And one smart aspect of Redfearn's contract suggests Cellino has really thought this appointment through.

As part of Redfearn's 12-month rolling contract, he has the option of extending his time as manager by a further year after his 12 months are up - or returning to his previous role as head of the Leeds academy.

That makes sense in every way and will ensure the coach stays at Elland Road whatever happens, keeping the academy in good hands.

Of course, that does leave the door open to another nonsensical appointment further down the line. But Cellino may think twice next time.

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