Neil Redfearn is not the right man for Leeds United

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So often we hear that managers should be given more time at struggling football clubs; the life expectancy of a manager in the Football League is now ridiculously low and Leeds United have been one of the worst offenders in recent years, should they make one more change though?

The Elland Road outfit's slide towards relegation to League One picked up a bit of speed with their 2-0 defeat to Derby County on Tuesday night.

On paper, it was a match that the Rams should have won easily - and they did - but the manner will still disappoint the proud Leeds fans.


The visitors to Pride Park were, for the most part, lifeless and devoid of any creativity or battle (no shots on target). They didn't look like a team who were aware that they were in a relegation dogfight, when they know the club deserves to be in the Premier League.

Should the blame be imparted onto Neil Redfearn?

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The former Academy manager has a good reputation in Yorkshire; he seems like a likeable guy - the sort you could go down the pub with - but has he the experience for Leeds United?

The quick answer to the above would have to be no, quite frankly. The biggest club he's managed outright, other than Leeds, not as a caretaker, is Scarborough - the only other was Northwich Victoria.


Traditional axe-friendly owner Massimo Cellino said a few months ago that he wanted Refearn to stay long-term, but that is difficult to envisage - he's got rid of managers perfect for a long-term stay already.

In fact, the Yorkshire club have had seven spells of management since the start of 2013 alone (though Redfearn is three of them). 

Neil Warnock, Brian McDermott, Dave Hockaday and Darko Milanic have been and gone. Maybe one of them, all with better managerial experience, should have been given a few more games.


For that reason it is hard to see that Cellino is genuine when he says he wants a long-term manager but, if by some miracle he is telling the truth, who should it be?

Leeds fans like a battler; what about Tim Sherwood? - The former Tottenham Hotspur boss wore his heart on his sleeve and made some good decisions at White Hart Lane, he was ultimately let down by Andre Villas-Boas' poor, yet expensive signings. 

Then again, he doesn't have much experience either. So, lets move onto another battleaxe; somebody with relegation scrap experience, somebody who must be itching to get back on the touchline, perhaps they would be cheap for that reason; it has to be Alan Curbishley. 


The former Charlton Athletic and West Ham United manager is a free agent, having been out of work since 2008, and he is built for a long-term stay. With the Addicks, he spent 15 years and turned them into a Premier League regular from a Football League journeyman club, 

Leeds are in danger of doing the same at the moment. Curbishley would know how to get the best out of the talent at his disposal, and his years out will have given him the chance to watch players across the country. 

Both Charlton and West Ham were worse of without him. I think he has to be worth a crack at the Elland Road hotseat. If he is appointed, however, it should be for a very long time. 

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