Manager Watch: Is this Leeds boss Neil Redfearn's greatest strength?

Neil Redfearn

A review of Neil Redfearn's tenure so far, with Leeds up to 12th in the Championship.

After four wins in five, Leeds United find themselves 12th in the Championship.

The rough patch is over and, even if another one is around the corner, Neil Redfearn has stemmed the tide at Elland Road, giving fans a period to look back on fondly come the end of the campaign.

And that provides the perfect opportunity to review Redfearn's Leeds tenure so far...

Greatest stength?

- The 49-year-old can often split opinion with his team selection and sometimes raises an eyebrow with those he puts his faith in. That faith, though, could be the source of his greatest strength. With the likes of Luke Murphy, Steve Morison and more, Redfearn has stuck by those he has selected (sometimes after taking them out of the side for an extended period) and persisted undeterred.

Other strengths

- Similarly, the Leeds boss has shown no hesitation to put his faith in younger players. And there is arguably no better man to lead those young players, considering his work with the Yorkshire side's academy.

- Tactically, Redfearn has started to show a greater sense of awareness during Leeds' recent run, making the right decisions, playing the right players and finding creative solutions.

- The 49-year-old's level head has prevented his side from plummeting like other Leeds teams might have. When Redfearn's men were struggling, it would have been all too easy to panic and try to change too much too soon.

Weaknesses

- Redfearn's positivity under pressure, though, was sometimes misinterpreted during times of need. While Leeds struggled to find results, their manager would emphasise how good their performance was every week and he can more often than not appear as though he's watching proceedings through rather rose-tinted glasses.

- While Redfearn has been brave with his youngsters, he has often been accused of favouritism towards his 'golden boys.' The likes of Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt have all been given a seeming free pass at times this season, while others like Casper Sloth have struggled to break into the Leeds side.

Overall verdict - 7/10

United looked as though relegation could have been a real threat only weeks ago. It's still a danger Redfearn's men should be all too aware of.

But, under difficult circumstances, the Leeds boss has done a good job so far at Elland Road. His side may be patchy - a good run is followed by a lengthy poor one. Right now, however, few can criticise Leeds' recent achievements.

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