The first Leeds United boss sacked by Massimo Cellino has sympathy for Neil Redfearn.
Former Leeds United boss Brian McDermott says Neil Redfearn will be a 'great loss' to the club if he goes.
Redfearn has lost his job as head coach at Leeds, with the club appointing Uwe Rosler yesterday, with many fans feeling he has been unfairly treated.
The Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Leeds have offered Redfearn his previous role as head of academy, but it is uncertain whether he would take it.
McDermott believes Redfearn, who he worked alongside at Leeds, has proved himself and has an opportunity to move on and take up a managerial role elsewhere.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: "From my point of view if I was in Neil's shoes, I think that would be difficult. He's brought those youngsters through.
"He'd be a great loss to Leeds United. Whether he can (go back) and do that job or not is down to him."
McDermott was the first boss fired by Massimo Cellino a year ago, and knows the unpredictable nature of the set up at Elland Road.
Redfearn has kept a dignified silence since the season ended, but recent criticism from Cellino in an interview with The Mirror could sway his mind against having a future at the club.
He is clearly the best person for the academy role, but his presence could overshadow that of Uwe Rosler, and Redfearn may feel now is the time to have a clean break and pursue his own coaching ambitions.