If Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn had more power to mould his squad as he wished, he would surely have an advantage in his quest for promotion.
Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has proved he has what it takes to lead his young side to greater things; back to a Premier League they have been away from for too long.
But while the Leeds manager impresses with his use of young players and, perhaps more importantly, the way those same players respond to him, while he has pulled his side clear of the relegation zone to start 2015 in wonderful fashion, there is one problem not with him but with the set-up at Elland Road.
Owner Massimo Cellino and sporting director Nicola Salerno are the ones who ultimately decide who is and who is not brought in to the club, but when you have a manager who is doing so well with the players at his disposal, surely he deserves to make more calls of his own.
It is a manager’s job to manage, and yes, there are plenty of clubs across Europe that operate in such a way, giving others the job of identifying and bringing in new talent. But imagine what Redfearn could do if he was allowed to sign his own targets – players he knows would improve his current squad, supplementing what he already has.
It is not enough to see a footballer playing well and assume they can cut it anywhere; the game does not work like that.
It just leaves you to wonder where Leeds may be now if Redfearn had more control; and whether a change in thinking could be what ultimately takes the club back to the top flight.