Leeds United: A balaclava rather than a sombrero for Redfearn at Elland Road

Neil Redfearn.
Neil Redfearn.
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LEEDS United head coach Neil Redfearn won’t be joining Rotherham United boss Steve Evans in sporting a sombrero tomorrow, insisting: “I’m more of a balaclava man.”

Evans had vowed to turn up at Elland Road in beach wear and a sombrero if his Millers were safe from Championship relegation on the final day of the season – a feat achieved with Tuesday night’s 2-1 victory at home to Reading.

A subsequent ‘Sombrero For Steve’ Twitter campaign has added further pressure for Evans to fulfil his promise with the 52-year-old Glaswegian saying he would indeed don shorts, sunglasses and a sombrero if there was enough support.

Asked if he would be joining Evans in his beach gear, Redfearn laughed: “I’m more of a balaclava man than a sombrero. But I am looking forward to him wearing all that because the sun doesn’t get under the stands where we are.

“It’s quite cold on that side where the dugouts are so I think he’ll need a lot more than a sombrero and a pair of shorts.”

Asked if he thought Evans’ fancy dress theme was a good idea, 49-year-old Redfearn said: “If he wants to put it on, definitely.

“I don’t know if it fits in with the FA rules or criteria but the guy has done well.

“He’s had two promotions, he’s kept Rotherham up in this division which is a tough division and he’s done it after they got docked points right at the death. He’s had to get results and fair play to him.”