Leeds United have moved on from Neil Redfearn after Uwe Rosler was unveiled as the club’s new manager in a press conference yesterday.
Leeds director Adam Pearson confirmed that Redfearn has been offered the chance to carry on working at the club in his role as head of the academy, but whether he takes up that offer remains to be seen.
Plenty of fans took the opportunity to thank the former boss on Twitter after the news emerged and plenty will be hoping that he does coach the under-21 side, protecting the future of the club’s younger players.
Rosler has already made it clear that he plans to build on the nucleus of a strong core of youngsters at the club, but whether he can have the same impact on them in terms of their development is doubtful.
Many will feel that Redfearn has been badly treated by officials at the club and shown a lack of respect over the way his whole situation has been handled.
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino brushed off the chance to explain the situation surrounding Redfearn’s future last week and branded him ‘like a baby’ in comments he gave to the Daily Mirror.
It’s important to stress the benefits that Redfearn creates for the younger players at the club if he stays on.
He’s a great judge over what’s needed for a youngster to make the move forward into the first team and in a way, he may feel relieved that he no longer has to deal with Cellino and the pressure of running the senior side.
He can ensure that the supply line of talent remains intact but few would probably argue if he decided to move on, because there will be plenty of clubs keen on signing him.
Here’s what Leeds fans had to say on Twitter.
ONE NEIL REDFEARN! THERE'S ONLY ONE NEIL REDFEARN!! #THANKYOUREDDERS— Stuart Lee (@Stuey_Lee) May 20, 2015
#ThankYouRedders. Like McDermott before you, you’ve handled yourself with class, dignity and professionalism. The madman can’t erode that.— I Hate Leeds (@ihatelufc) May 19, 2015
All the years of hard work that Redfearn has put in to the club and this is how it ends. Disgusted with Cellino. #ThankYouRedders— Chris Jones (@ChrisJoneslufc) May 19, 2015