Bad move, Cellino: Leeds owner is missing a trick letting Redfearn go

Neil Redfearn

Leeds should be taking a different approach with their loyal coach of six years - and not because of sentiment. Because it makes footballing sense.

According to Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United are set to part company with Neil Redfearn, with the club's owner pushing for a parting of the ways.

But Massimo Cellino is missing a trick here.

Indeed, regardless of what a lack of loyalty Redfearn's disgraceful treatment has shown, keeping the 50-year-old on makes business sense for Leeds. While it seems logical to severe ties due to the breakdown in relationship between owner and former manager (now back working with the academy) - and the huge statement of intent it sends with regards to Cellino's faith in new boss Uwe Rosler - dismissing Redfearn is ignoring the odds.

Yes, Leeds already look a different (calmer and much more organised) prospect than last season, while it's easy to see Rosler settling in and achieving genuine progress, if not success with the Whites.

But the facts are Cellino has sifted through coaches like trading cards in his career as a football owner. And, were the Italian to make any similar moves in future, Redfearn would be the perfect standby.

Regardless of how much the Leeds owner may not like the coach - or how badly he has treated him - the 50-year-old's loyalty is such that he would always likely step up as a caretaker boss if another manager was sacked. His benefit to the academy also goes without saying.

As a caretaker boss last season, Redfearn worked his magic to keep United afloat and gain them vital points. Those points could be the difference between promotion or relegation in a campaign to come. Now, who could take over as caretaker boss, if Rosler or any other coach went, with as much knowledge of Elland Road and Thorp Arch as Redfearn?

As Cellino himself said during a press conference this summer, the benefit of the club must be put before any personal conflicts. Getting rid of 'Redders' is a complete contradiction of that very statement.

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