Cellino may view Watford success as justification to snub Redfearn and do it his way at Leeds United

Could Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino see Watford as justification his hire and fire methods work?

It is a nervous week at Elland Road, with owner Massimo Cellino's as yet unmade decision on the future of Neil Redfearn hanging in the balance.

Redfearn is in his second spell in charge of the club this season, with his first a caretaker role, and is the third man to take on the head coach position at the club in 2014/15.

Stability is widely seen as the route to success, and indeed the team's dips in form came in December and April, when off field affairs took their toll on the team.

Cellino told The Sun last week he has a decision to make and was not committed yet to extending Redfearn's contract, admitting he is impatient for the club to reach the Premier League.

If he needs incentive and justification to believe his hire and fire methods are the right way to go, he may choose to look no further than Watford.

The Hornets over the weekend clinched a return to the Premier League, with Slavisa Jokanovic in charge.

Jokanovic is the fourth boss to take the reigns at Vicarage Road this season, with Italian owner Gino Pozzo also proving to be a difficult man to please.

Watford found a winning formula under Jokanovic, who has substantially outlasted former club teammate Darko Milanic, who was fired at Leeds after only six weeks by Massimo Cellino this season.

Since being appointed as head coach, Redfearn has a 40 per cent win percentage as boss, lower than the 43 per cent Gianfranco Zola had last season at Watford before being fired by Pozzo.

Redfearn's links to the club's academy and young players in the first team makes him a very different case, but in the crazy world of Massimo Cellino, the impatience to emulate old Serie A rival Pozzo, who owns Udinese, could be all the motivation he requires to stick to his guns and make a controversial decision heading into 2015/16.

His success would depend on making the right appointment, and this is where he has failed so far with Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic. Giving Redfearn more time is clearly a wise choice, but the club owner is not known for playing it safe.

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