Former Leeds United striker Robbie Blake summarised Neil Redfearn’s legacy at the club when he appeared as a guest on Radio Yorkshire.
Redfearn will still be debating whether to take up his old position as the head of the club’s academy or whether he should wait to see what sort of offers he gets from other teams over the course of the summer.
Uwe Rosler is Leeds United’s next head coach, but Redfearn could be hooked on the taste of managing a first team and leading a club from the front.
“It’s so disappointing and frustrating for Neil. He’s come out of the season with a lot of credit because he’s had his hands tied behind his back really with things that have gone on in the dressing room and around the club with the board and certain players being disruptive,” he said.
“He’s done a tremendous job and he’s stabilised them.”
Regardless of the way Redfearn was treated during his time in charge of the first team, he’s left everything in a much better state than when he first came into the job.
Rosler has Redfearn to thank for the core of impressive younger players who all represent the first team and it was arguably Redfearn who played the key role in keeping Leeds in the Championship next season.
Leeds’s offer for him to go back to the academy is proof of the club’s belief in his strength with regards to that area.
However, some very big teams will also have recognised that strength and will be excited about the possibility of him nursing younger players into their senior ranks.
Few can blame Redfearn is he moves on and if he does, his popularity and reputation will remain intact.