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Greg Abbott: This is what Leeds fans will hope happens with Neil Redfearn

Former Leeds United youth coach Greg Abbott has suggested how Neil Redfearn will be considered after leaving the club.

Former Leeds United youth coach Greg Abbott told Radio Yorkshire what he feels will be the main hope of the club’s fans with regards to former manager Neil Redfearn.

Redfearn has resigned from all association with Leeds after suggesting that his position at the club had been made untenable ahead of the new season.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has suggested that Redfearn was keen on remaining as the club’s academy manager, but stressed that he didn’t feel the offer was genuine which has led to his exit.

“Rather than looking at him as a successful academy manager, people will be looking at him as a potential successful Championship manager,” he told Radio Yorkshire.

“Certainly his time there will not be a waste of his time – I’m sure Leeds fans will hope that he now gets rewarded with a good job, a proper managing job with a real backing.”

Redfearn’s popularity

Although Leeds could only manage a 15th place finish in the Championship under Redfearn last season, his popularity has always been very good with the supporters.

He’s popular, and will likely remain so, because he held the core values of Leeds United close to his heart and represented them on a weekly basis.

Some supporters will also feel sympathy for Redfearn because of the way he’s been treated by Leeds owner Massimo Cellino and the club’s board, especially since the end of last season.

Redfearn’s legacy

Redfearn wasn’t the man to guide Leeds back into the Premier League but he is the man who has given the first team a sustainable supply line of talented younger players.

The quality and consistency in the club’s younger players like Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt and plenty of others is impressive and hopefully something, which will continue for a prolonged period.

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