Leeds United face a huge 2015, with Neil Redfearn likely considering a number of factors as he tries to quickly get his club up the Championship table and away from danger.
Here are five potential New Year talking points for the Leeds boss.
What are this season’s aims?
Before the season started, Leeds would have been thinking about promotion. The club have a strong support base, which comes out and backs a young and inexperienced side on a weekly basis and the expectation would have been a promotion push.
Things have changed and Redfearn needs to look at what’s now possible based on how the first half of the season has gone. Safety is the first priority before a push into the top half.
Who do I need to bring in?
Leeds have been linked with plenty of good quality players ahead of the January transfer window.
What Redfearn needs to ask himself is if he’s getting the right sort of player and whether he should step in and try to have more influence over the sort of players the club is recruiting.
We mist improve our away form
Leeds’ away form over the first half of the season has been extremely inconsistent and it’s an area where results need to improve looking ahead to 2015. Leeds will back themselves to beat most teams at Elland Road and if things improve on the road, it’s only going to strengthen and improve the club’s position in the table.
What decisions do I need to make over the youngsters?
Leeds have a good and impressive core set of younger players who are one of the good things to emerge from the season so far.
Redfearn will be battling with the balance of when to use them and when to protect them because the pressure is going to intensify over the next few months, especially if the results don’t improve.
Focus entirely on my job
There are plenty of things Redfearn could get distracted by at Leeds such as the situation constantly surrounding Massimo Cellino, how much influence he has and other tricky questions.
His only focus should be his own role and getting the most from his team. If he can further improve his relationship with his players, they will be more willing to go all out for him in the tense situations yet to come.