Dawson only joined Rotherham last month after leaving Leeds United with six months remaining on his Elland Road contract.
At the time he told Rotherham’s official website that Redfearn was a key factor in his decision, saying, “He puts a lot of belief in you…he gets behind you and that’s what you need as a young player going forward so I’m really excited to be here.”
Unfortunately for Dawson, Redfearn was shown the door on Monday after failing to lead Rotherham out of the Championship’s bottom three.
And while it is a bitter blow both for Redfearn and the supporters who felt he deserved more time, Dawson must already be wondering if he made the right decision.
The young Welshman was once regarded as one of the most talented players in Leeds’ academy. But he failed to breakthrough at Elland Road, making just four senior appearances (three of which he earned under Redfearn).
Released early from his contract with the Whites, it seemed a no-brainer that he would reunite with his former Leeds boss, but now it is up to Dawson to impress the new man in charge.
It is a huge shame, as one suspects that Redfearn would have got the best out of Dawson in time.