Former Sheffield United and Everton winger Peter Beagrie has accused the Leeds United bosses of undermining the good work done by Neil Redfearn on Sky Sports.
The 49-year-old believes that Redfearn should be praised for the way he has brought through the young players in the team this season.
“Everything conspires to undermine the job that he has done, as if they believe that they should have a bigger manager at the club,” Beagrie told Sky Sports before Monday’s Championship clash between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United at Molineux.
“When you look at the stats and what he has done there, it has been absolutely remarkable. And again, the off-pitch things have taken priority, when you should be waxing lyrical about their performances, the youngsters who have come through, and the way they have handled the pressure of playing at Elland Road and in some of the big stadiums.”
Everything seemed to be going good for Leeds until last week when it was announced that assistant head coach Steve Thompson has been suspended.
Although the West Yorkshire outfit did not give a formal explanation, suspended owner Massimo Cellino told The Sun earlier this week that the decision was made due to Thompson calling “sporting director Nicola Salerno an offensive name in front of other people after the game at Fulham”.
While one can understand why the Leeds board took the decision to suspend Thompson, it cannot be denied that it has had a negative effect on the team.
It was the Redfearn-Thompson coaching partnership that produced the goods for Leeds over the past few months, and perhaps it is not a coincidence that the Whites have lost both their last two games in the Championship.
On Saturday, the West Yorkshire outfit were hammered 3-0 at Elland Road by Blackburn Rovers, and on Monday, they went down 4-3 to Wolverhampton Wanderers away from home.