It demonstrates exactly how poorly Neil Redfearn was being treated that other managers were being linked to his position despite him still being in the Leeds United manager's job.
There in the hotseat you had a man who had completed the goal that he was employed to complete, and that was to secure the Whites’ place in the Football League Championship.
He even managed to get the fans onside, which is no mean feat.
However, since the end of the season, all of the focus has been on one man who is hell-bent on another change around; their mad-cap owner Massimo Cellino.
Speculation on the next new manager started towards the end of the season and escalated when he called the current incumbent “weak” and “a baby” – straight out of the owners’ textbook, charming really, isn’t it.
Since then a few names have been linked with the “vacant” position, some good names in fact. Nigel Adkins, the man who set Southampton on the way to being the club they are, is perhaps the biggest name, he remains unattached after leaving Reading this season.
NEXT IN THE FIRING LINE
Brentford’s outgoing boss, Mark Warburton, oh so nearly took the Championship minnows to the promised land of the Premier League, he was also being mooted, as was former Sunderland manager and Leeds assistant Gus Poyet.
The newest name to add to that list is another old-boy of Brentford, Uwe Rosler. He set Brentford up for Warburton’s success this season but fared worse at Wigan Athletic, who removed the German before being relegated to League One a few weeks ago. He was appointed earlier today.
Whoever even considered taking the job, a poisoned chalice, cannot be in their right minds. Because, even if they managed the hard challenge of winning fans over with results on the pitch, they would have found their reputation eventually tainted by the man who employs them.
Quite why you would want to go to Elland Road only to be called weak and a baby is quite beyond me. It’s not as if they would have a great amount of imput on transfers either; they’ll have some more Serie B rejects cast upon them with the expectation of turning them into some sort of lower league Andrea Pirlo.
DO IT YOURSELF
Simply put, Cellino is managerial slaughterer. He’s gone through three this season, many more in the past, and 36 in 22 years while owning Cagliari in Italy.
It has got to the stage where Cellino needs to say “sod it” and don his own trackies on the touchline at Elland Road. He wants to have a say on transfers, team selection and his staff, so let him become manager and see how he handles it.
I wonder how long it would take him to become a shrieking baby on the touchlines, realising that his foreign imports are not actually Pirlos in the making. He expects his managers to be leading them towards the Premier League, so why doesn’t he have a go himself if it is so easy.
There you go Cellino; if you want a job doing, do it yourself…
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