By Andy Gregory
Neil Redfearn yesterday kicked off his 3rd stint as Leeds United's caretaker-manager/ head coach with a win and much improved performance over a struggling Bolton side.
When Redders has previously held the fort at Elland Road he has always done a good job of steadying the ship and keep things going, but has always shied away from taking the job on a permanent basis. He yesterday refused to rule himself out of the running and now could be the perfect time for him to step up and take on the new head coach role, allowing him to focus on coaching the team without all the off pitch distractions.
Appointing Redfearn could be a really shrewd move by Massimo as he has been around the club for some time now and has brought the likes of Mowatt, Cook, Dawson and Taylor through the academy, knows them well and judging by yesterday's game, has faith in them and is willing to blend youth with our current crop of players.
I know many fans are understandably calling for an experienced manager to be appointed at the club and would be dead against this suggestion, but I'm not so sure. The likes of Steve Clark would surely be welcomed by the faithful, but for more stability at the club and immediate knowledge of our current squad, especially our home grown players, surely Redfearn would be ideal. Experienced men aren't always the answer, think Warnock, Venables, Reid......
We played much better yesterday and actually looked like a team for the first time this season, passing the ball to our own player and moving forward with intent. He knows the club and players well, is obviously respected by the them and clearly isn't afraid to put his stamp on the team. Yesterday's display was such a stark contrast from the games the Hock was in charge and left us all feeling overall more positive.
So I ask you.... Why not give Redfearn the chance to step up and be the man to steer the good ship Leeds United onwards and upwards? MOT