On this day: 2015 - Neil Redfearn comes back to haunt Leeds as Rotherham boss

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn

Redfearn had left Leeds the previous summer after a promising spell in charge of the Whites.

Leeds United manager Neil RedfearnFormer Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn

When Neil Redfearn was appointed as Rotherham United boss in October 2015, it would have surprised few if the first game he looked for on the fixture list was the Millers' next clash against Leeds.

Redfearn had been appointed as the club's new head coach in October the previous year, after spending several years either working with the academy or serving as caretaker boss of the first-team.

However, after his time with the club came to an end in acrimonious circumstances that summer (via The Guardian), Redfearn's next appearance at Elland Road would come on November 21st 2015 as he took his place in the away team dug-out.

Coincidentally, the man who lined up in the home dug-out was Steve Evans, who was Redfearn's predecessor at the New York Stadium. 

Leeds United manager Steve Evans (R)Then Leeds boss Steve Evans was Redfearn's predecessor at Rotherham

It would be Redfearn that would have the last laugh on the day however, as Rotherham came away from Leeds with a 1-0 win thanks to a Joe Newell goal nine minutes into the second-half. 

While the rest of the game did not see another goal, there was still plenty of drama as a clash between Leon Best and Gaetano Berardi saw both men sent off heading into the final 15 minutes. 

Former Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn

Despite the narrative on the pitch however, the main talking point after the game was undoubtedly the fact that Redfearn had managed to get one over on Leeds owner Massimo Cellino by securing the three points.

And while Redfearn's time at Rotherham ultimately did not work out, some Whites supporters would be forgiven for wondering what may have happened had the man who brought through the likes of Charlie Taylor, Lewis Cook and Sam Byram been given the chance to really make his mark on the Leeds side. 

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