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McCormack: Why Leeds must stick with Neil Redfearn

Former Leeds United striker Ross McCormack has explained why the club need to keep faith with Neil Redfearn.

Former Leeds United forward Ross McCormack has explained why the club need to stick with head coach Neil Redfearn.

Redfearn is under pressure following the defeat to Fulham last weekend, as he’s struggled to get the side replicating the form they showed when he was caretaker manager earlier this season.

McCormack, who returned to Elland Road as a Fulham player for their 1-0 win, says it would be counter productive for Massimo Cellino to make a bold decision in relation to Redfearn’s position.

“You can’t keep chopping and changing managers. You start chopping and changing managers and the players are like ‘here we go again, who’s coming in next, what formation are we going to play, am I going to play?’ This league finds you out pretty quickly,” McCormack is quoted by the Yorkshire Post.

“I thought Leeds were good. Sometimes in football things don’t happen and they’re going to get games like that. But with the support here they’ll be all right.”

The current crop of Leeds stars have already had to endure a season where the manager they’re playing under has changed constantly.

They started the season under David Hockaday, before Redfearn walked in temporarily. Darko Milanic was then appointed and promptly sacked before Redfearn was given the job on a permanent basis.

Leeds are under pressure to get results and climb the Championship table because of how important promotion back into the Premier League is for the club financially.

However, the players need a settled system and the space and time to work with one manager over an extended period.

Removing him and putting him back into his role with the Leeds academy would be another difficult period, at a busy time of the season, where the players will be confused over how they’re expected to play and who exactly they’re playing for.

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