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Blake explains why Redfearn may opt against academy role at Leeds

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Former Leeds United striker Robbie Blake isn't certain Neil Redfearn will stay at the club.

Former Leeds United forward Robbie Blake told Radio Yorkshire why he feels Neil Redfearn may not stay with the club.

Redfearn has been offered his old role as head of the club’s academy after Massimo Cellino decided that Uwe Rosler was the man who could take the first team forward.

However, Blake isn’t confident that Redfearn will resume that old role because he feels the coach could be tempted into a managerial position at another club.

“I think with what Neil has done with his job there as manager. He’s probably earned himself a crack at being manager somewhere else. I’m pretty sure he’ll sit down and have a think about it and hopefully make the right decision for him,” he said.

“His record as an academy manager is second to none. Whether he wants to go down that route again – If I was in that position I’m not sure I’d want to work under those circumstances.”

Redfearn certainly has a number of things in his favour if he does want to remain in a managerial position.

His impact as a boss for younger players is very obvious because several youngsters excelled under his guidance last season.

He seems to know the best way to use a young player based on his core attributes and he’s taken the pressure away from them, encouraging them to play without any fear.

When younger players have that sense of freedom, they are more likely to take risks which leads to an entertaining brand of football which can be exciting for the supporters to watch.

Redfearn certainly can’t be blamed for taking his time over any decision and whether he decides to stay or moves on, his reputation with the club’s supporters should remain intact.

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