Former Leeds United striker Robbie Blake told talkSPORT why he feels it was a good decision for his old club to sever ties with former manager Neil Redfearn.
Redfearn has left the club over taking up a position to head the club’s academy for the coming season and Blake has suggested it’s the right move because of the difficult relationship, which existed between the former boss and the club’s owner Massimo Cellino.
“He did have a call over seven or eight players (youths) – He knew what their strengths and weaknesses were – Once you have that relationship with the chairman it’s difficult – I think it’s good for the club that they decided just to move on,” he told talkSPORT.
Things are looking bright for Leeds
Regardless of the way Redfearn was treated and the way he left the academy, Leeds have moved on and the future is looking bright under the guidance of Uwe Rosler.
Rosler appears to have worked hard alongside Cellino to protect the club’s younger players, while dealing with direct issues all over the squad.
The weaknesses in the side have been addressed and Leeds look to be in very good shape ahead of the start of the new Championship season.
The future of the academy
It will be interesting to see how the future of the academy pans out over the course of the next one or two years.
It’s vital that the strength in terms of the club’s younger players is retained and the signs are good because of the legacy that Redfearn left behind.
There is plenty of evidence over why Leeds younger players are so important in terms of the fresh options they provide and it’s one of the club’s biggest strengths.