"He always wanted this" - Former Redfearn team mate backs Leeds for success

Neil Redfearn's former Barnsley boss Danny Wilson has backed Leeds for success.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino had a reputation for sacking managers during his time with Cagliari, where he had 36 manger in 22 years - and he continued that trend at Elland Road.

Brian McDermott was first to go in the summer, and he was replaced by David Hockaday, only for the ex-Forest Green Rovers boss to be found predictably out of his depth in the Championship, lasting just 70 days.

Caretaker Neil Redfearn then won three of his four games in charge but it wasn't enough to land him the job, as Cellino went with Sturm Graz's Darko Milanic.

However, when the Slovenian went winless in his first six games in charge, Cellino sent him packing, and finally gave Redfearn the job on a permanent basis.

So far under his full time reign, Leeds have won one, lost one and drawn one, but the emergence of exciting youngsters such as Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt is largely down to Redfearn's influence.

It's Redfearn's first permanent managerial job since being sacked by Northwich Victoria in September 2007, where he picked up just one point in nine games.

However, his former Barnsley team mate and manager Danny Wilson says that Redfearn always wanted to be a manager, and will succeed at Leeds.

"He had done it so far in bits and bobs in the caretaker role and has stepped into the breach many times and done very well. It is different when you have got it in front of you and I think he deserves his chance," said Wilson.

"He always wanted to be management material and he is at a very big club and I am sure he will do well there. Neil is his own man as well and his opinions and way of doing things and he will be fine," he added.

Wilson returned as manager of Barnsley last season but couldn't stop the Tykes dropping into League One, but Redfearn was a key part of his Barnsley side in the Premier League, and it's no surprise to see him backing his former star.

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