LEEDS PART COMPANY WITH REDFEARN
13th September 2014
Leeds United have announced that they have parted company with first team manager Neil Redfearn. Redfearn stepped up to the role in the summer, following the dismissal of Brian McDermott back in May, but the trigger-happy Massimo Cellino was not impressed with the start the side had made under Redfearn.
Redfearn joined the club in 2009 under Simon Grayson as head of the academy, which under his watchful eye has produced the likes of Sam Byram, Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt. He stepped in as caretaker manager following the departure of Grayson in 2012 and again when Grayson's predecessor Neil Warnock resigned in 2013. Following the arrival of Brian McDermott, Redfearn was made a first team coach and reserve team manager until McDermott's dismissal in May when Redfearn stepped into the role on a permanent basis. Assistant manager Steve Thompson will take charge as caretaker manager.
Leeds' start to the 2014/15 season has been a failure if nothing else, and the club lies second from bottom in the Championship with just three points to their name following the one and only win at home to Brighton and Hove Albion last month.
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has become surprise favourite to take the reigns at Elland Road, being priced at 4/1. Other favourites include Gordon Strachan (8/1), Nigel Adkins (15/1) and former Leeds captain and Premier League journeyman Josh Townend (25/1)