Ex-star Whelan suggests Leeds are playing with fire over new Redfearn contract

Neil Redfearn

Former Leeds United player Noel Whelan has questioned the value in the club waiting to award Neil Redfearn a new contract.

Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has told the Yorkshire Evening Post he feels his old side are playing with fire in relation to Neil Redfearn.

Whelan has described his surprise that the club haven’t already tied him down on a long term contract, criticising the approach of going from one short term deal to the next.

“He’s earned the right to keep his job next season and I’d go further than that by saying he’s earned the right to another couple of years,” he said.

“Going from short contract to short contract is almost like saying the club aren’t too sure about you.”

Redfearn has got a motivated group of young and experienced players performing well, drafting in new signings in key positions when he’s needed to.

It’s debatable whether a new coach, in the extremely unlikely event that Redfearn wouldn’t get an extended deal, would have the same impact on the team looking ahead to next season.

It’s also debatable whether other managers would be happy to operate in the same conditions that Redfearn has had to work in.

The current boss has been very open over the way the transfer system works, suggesting he doesn’t have a great deal of control over who comes in and that’s not something all coaches would enjoy.

Some fans would suggest that the boss should be given whatever he wants to sign on the dotted line of a new contract and it will be interesting to see how things unfold at the end of the campaign.

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