Former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Didi Hamann told talkSPORT why he feels Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino didn’t have to sack Neil Redfearn.
Uwe Rosler was confirmed last week as the man coming in to replace Redfearn for next season, which left the club in a situation where both were contracted in head coach positions at the same time.
Some fans will feel aggrieved with the way Redfearn has been treated by Leeds, but the ex-Anfield favourite has offered a possible reason for the way things panned out last week as they did.
“If a club approaches you when you’re a manager out of work, they only want you to be in charge – it was the situation with Neil Redfearn where he worked in the academy before and there was the option that he may do that again,” he said.
“He doesn’t need to be sacked because there is always the chance that he goes back – I don’t think Uwe loses anything by going there because it’s a great opportunity.”
Redfearn has built his reputation at Leeds on an ability to develop and work closely with younger players.
He’s seemingly the ideal person to have going back to a role with the club’s academy system, but whether he does in light of the treatment he’s received from the club remains to be seen.
He did a decent job last season with the first team, consolidating them in the Championship when he came in after Darko Milanic, with the situation looking bleak and the club just above the bottom three places.
He did everything that was asked of him while working hard to continue developing younger players to have an impact at the club.
Hopefully he’ll stay on but few will argue if he decides to move on to pastures new.