Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he needs to talk with Massimo Cellino over his role with the youth section of the club.
Redfearn has spelled out in no uncertain terms that he feels he is the main man, best suited to guiding the next generation of younger players through the club.
It is reported to be a stipulation in his current contract that if he’s not kept on as manager for next season, he will be allowed to resume his position as head of the club’s academy system.
“I’ve got to have that conversation with the owner (about old position). With where the club is and with the talent we’ve got coming through the academy – which has been the fruits of all the academy staff, not just me; everybody that’s been involved – I’d say I’m in the best place (as head coach) to develop that and harness that,” said Redfearn.
“Now if that opinion’s not shared, that’s no problem. That’s football. But then I’ll have to have a real, long hard think about what’s right for me.”
Redfearn has been superb this season in terms of managing the younger players in his squad and using them in key areas in his first team.
He’s got the most out of the more senior younger players, while showing the right sort of judgement over when to bring the next set of players into the team.
He’s also coached them well, utilising the natural attributes of players like Sam Byram and Charlie Taylor down either wing, to tackle a problem which existed in his squad and that he wasn’t able to address through the transfer market.
He hasn’t done much wrong in relation to the youngsters and the academy and will hopefully be given the chance to finish the good work he’s started.