Our YEP Jury have their say on Neil Redfearn and the trip to Cardiff
It has been a circus at the club in the last six months, and especially in the last three months: two coaches down, step up Neil Redfearn.
We know the players respect him, and he won 10 points from 12 last time around, but a trip to Cardiff away isn’t going to be easy.
There has been a lot of positives to take from the season so far: The emergence of Lewis Cook, who looks like a star already and could prove to be another gem from the academy, and the way he works with Alex Mowatt is a joy to watch at times.
Unfortunately, they are still young and learning and if you are playing Adryan, then you have a very young diamond, and personally, I don’t think Rodolph Austin or Tomasso Bianchi have been consistent enough to be able to help three youngsters.
They can be fantastic one week and the next four be poor.
Of all the Italians that have arrived, or Italian-based players, none have impressed me as much as Marco Silvestri, he is fast becoming a cult hero, and he has endeared himself to the fans and performed heroics in goal.
He has come in with the right attitude and become one of the lads.
Now for a trip to Cardiff City, where we haven’t won since 1984, and I am quietly confident.
A new coach and a vociferous support, with players who could take something from the game.
Let’s hope the Neil Redfearn effect works because we haven’t a bad run away from home on the longer journeys – as a draw at Norwich and a win at Bournemouth testify – and once again the fans will turn up in their numbers.
Tomorrow, I would make a couple of changes.
If Billy Sharp is fit, I would play him.
I would change the formation to allow Brian Montenegro to come in, and Adryan on the other side with Cook and Mowatt in the centre.
I can’t see that happening, but I would like a couple of changes to the team.
I will leave you with a song from Tony of the White Rose LUSC Branch who sums up being a Leeds fan in this song.
‘Oh Leeds United, I’m so delighted, I chose you as my football team.
‘We’ve had some good years, we’ve shed a few tears, but you will always be in my dream.’
Prediction: Cardiff City 1 Leeds United 2.
With or without the contract completed, Neil Redfearn is preparing the team for the trip to Cardiff.
It seems that the Leeds ‘coach’ job is not for the faint-hearted and, if I were Redfearn, I’d be asking for more than a few guarantees from the president, Massimo Cellino.
Cardiff hasn’t been a lucky ground for Leeds in recent years. The last time Leeds beat them in any competition was way back in a 1984 second division game, George McCluskey getting the only goal.
Russell Slade is the new manager of another club with a owner that demands things go his way, they even lost their traditional shirt colour and badge due to Mr Tan. The relegated club still has a fair few players that were in the Premiership with them.
‘Sully’ Doukara is available after a one-game ban and Chris Dawson may make the bench. A difficult start for Redfearn but he and Leeds will be hopeful for at least a point from the game; it’s the best I can hope for.
Prediction: Cardiff City 1 Leeds United 1.
If someone was writing a book on Leeds United’s season, then they would quickly be onto the fourth chapter now, as once again we begin life under a new coach.
Whether this will be a long term appointment (if such a thing exists under Massimo Cellino) is yet to be confirmed, as the President has not quite been able to secure the services of Neil Redfearn on a permanent basis.
It is imperative that some semblance of sanity is restored to the football side of the club, as now well over a quarter of the season has been wasted by the antics of the man in control of the club.
Cellino is wearing the fans’ patience, and the good will he has built up by his apparent fixing of the club’s precarious financial state, is being eroded by his constant meddling in team affairs.
He will probably have a lot to talk about with his counterpart at Cardiff tomorrow, but at the moment Cellino is making Vincent Tan look like a model football club owner.
On the pitch, it is to be hoped that Redfearn can reintroduce the vibrant counter-attacking style which was the hallmark of his earlier spell in charge. With a positive attitude, there is little doubt that this Leeds United side have the tools to succeed, and hopefully we will see the ball move forward tomorrow, rather than from side to side.
Cardiff though is not a happy hunting ground, with 30 years passing since Leeds last managed a win over the Welsh side. I do not envisage anything changing this time around, although I do fancy us to get a point. The biggest result this weekend will be a signature on a long-term deal for Redfearn.
Prediction: Cardiff 1 Leeds 1
Cardiff is not a happy hunting ground for Leeds United and, on the back of six winless games, it’s hard not to travel to South Wales with a heavy heart. This is the start of the fourth managerial campaign of the season, the second for Neil Redfearn, and we will have only just reached November.
There has been enough evidence that the large squad assembled at United has a lot of young and capable talent matched with some accomplished older heads but off field matters and the stop start nature of the Leeds dugout has counted against us.
Cellino needs to decide what he wants and stick with it. If that’s Neil Redfearn then we’ll all be willing him on in Cardiff.
Cardiff City 0 Leeds United 1
Leeds’ defeat on Saturday was duly deserved. If we don’t turn up tomorrow, the same could happen again when we play a strong Cardiff City team.
With only three points from six games, the relegation zone is catching us up and we need to start picking up points soon or we could be in serious trouble.
I am glad to see the return of Neil Redfearn; our best performances this year were when he was in charge and I am excited to see what else he can do. I think he will bring Sam Byram back in this week; we lacked width from our full-backs last time. Byram brings that.
Let’s hope for three points come ten-to-five.
Prediction: Cardiff City 1 Leeds United 1.
The Whites are without a win at Cardiff in over 30 years. With Neil Redfearn in charge in some capacity one can expect a youthful side to face the Bluebirds who now play in red. But the game itself may be less colourful than messers Cellino and Tan.
Prediction: Cardiff City 3 Leeds United 1.