Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn is facing a difficult dilemma over the rest of the season as he tries to earn himself a new contract at the club.
Redfearn’s current deal expires at the end of the season and is a 12 month rolling contract to be reviewed at the end of each campaign.
It may seem like a no-brainer to fans to get him tied down on a new contract, but Leeds officials are likely to want to see consistent results and positive performances over the rest of the season as they mull over their decision.
That puts Redfearn in a difficult position because he may have aims to bring younger players into his squad, taking the pressure away from other first team stars for the rest of the campaign.
Leeds have a very young side, with the likes of Lewis Cook and Alex Murphy having played plenty of games already this season and the boss may be a little bit worried about the prospect of burnout.
The obvious solution to prevent that is to make changes and to bring other players into the team, but that could affect the consistency of the team and also results.
Redfearn can’t do anything about his contractual situation and has already admitted that the decision is in the hands of other people.
All he can do is back himself to make the right decisions over the club’s younger players and to use them in the right way to ensure that the team is no less effective or potent in big games.
Fans would suggest that even if Leeds lose a number of games over the rest of the season, Redfearn is still the man who should be given the responsibility of trying to get the team promoted heading into next season with a new squad.
Hopefully he’ll be backed to secure that achievement and hopefully he won’t feel pressure to change the positive way he’s coached the team already this season.