Leeds United defender Liam Cooper has explained what head coach Neil Redfearn has given the team which they haven’t had this season.
Redfearn’s side have just secured their first win since the last time he was in charge of the team and Cooper has praised his honesty and direct approach as something, which has been lacking for the team this campaign.
“The man (Redfearn) is brilliant and like a breath of fresh air,” Cooper is quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“He’s honest as they come and tells us how it is. If we are not quite up to it, he will get stuck into us.”
“It is exactly what the lads need because we didn’t really get that in the past few months.”
Redfearn has always maintained since he was appointed as the next permanent Leeds head coach, that he would be honest with his players and would encourage them to play in a way he felt maximised their strengths.
He revealed that he felt he was overly harsh with his players during the 3-1 win against Blackpool last weekend, but the size of the Leeds squad means the boss has to try and keep everyone on their toes.
He’s also confirmed that he’s not willing to let his players rest during the international break and will be looking for them to continuously improve over the next two weeks ahead of the game against Blackburn Rovers.
A direct approach is good because it helps players feel the manager cares about their individual success and an aggressive approach, when needed, also helps to guard against complacency.
Leeds are nowhere near their main objective for this season and Redfearn will more than likely keep prodding away at his younger and older players, until the side is in a position where they are challenging for promotion, not just to get into the top half of the table.