Leeds captain on Redfearn appointment - 'Didn't see why we changed it'

Leeds United

Jason Pearce believes Neil Redfearn should have been named Leeds United head coach following his last caretaker spell.

Redfearn took charge of the club for the first time this season following the sacking of Dave Hockaday at the end of August.

The former academy coach stepped into the void left by Hockaday, winning three of four matches to move the Whites up the Championship table, and causing many to call for him to be appointed head coach on a permanent basis - with on pitch efforts improved following his appointment.

However, President Massimo Cellino went against public opinion to appoint the almost unknown Darko Milanic, with the former Slovenian international’s appointment reducing Redfearn’s role back to academy level. Milanic’s reign was even less successful that Hockaday’s, as the ex-Sturm Graz coach failed to win a single game during his time at Elland Road, seeing the Yorkshire club fall remarkably close to the relegation places. A total of just three points from six games saw Milanic dismissed after just 32 days in charge, leaving Redfearn to step into the permanent job almost immediately.

He failed to win his first game in full-time control - losing 3-1 to Cardiff - but a draw with Charlton and victory over Blackpool have reignited passions at Elland Road, and the performance in the 3-1 win over Blackpool showcased the best football seen from the Whites in a number of years.

Redfearn will be looking to continue the good form by kick-starting Leeds’ season when Championship action returns after the international break in a fortnight, and club captain Jason Pearce believes that the appointment of Milanic stopped the momentum that had been building during Redfearn’s caretaker spell, opining that the academy coach should have been offered the permanent job back in September.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Pearce said: “For me, I didn’t see why we changed it.

“We were winning and he [Redfearn] had done well and I felt he could have [kept] the momentum we had going and I think a lot of people felt that.

“We changed it and it didn’t work and now he has come back in and I think the fans can see he is getting the lads playing again and wanting to play for that shirt.”

Redfearn will be keen to achieve victory against Blackburn in the first game back after the international break, with victory over Rovers key in cementing the Whites promotion credentials.

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