Robert Snodgrass has spoken of his frustration at Leeds United’s faltering season and defended caretaker boss Neil Redfearn, insisting the club’s players are to blame for their disappointing league position.
The Scotland international voiced concern over the absence of a “winning mentality” among the squad at Elland Road after a 2-1 defeat to Coventry City cast United six points adrift of the Championship’s play-off places.
Redfearn and his team came in for fierce criticism at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday night, with Redfearn jeered after substituting goalscorer Ross McCormack in the closing minutes of the game, but Snodgrass refused to deflect attention from a laboured performance against the Championship’s bottom side.
United have won just three of their last nine league matches, and Snodgrass said: “It’s very, very frustrating right now.
“There’s not really anything to say, apart from that it’s the players’ fault. We as a team know we need to be better. We can’t sit around and blame anyone else. It’s down to us, the players. We know exactly what to expect in the Championship. It’s our second season here and we should know what to do.
“There’s enough talent here for us to go and win matches but it’s down to getting the mindset right – the mental approach to the game. You need a winning mentality and I don’t think we’ve got it right now. That’s what it takes to be up there at the top.”
Leeds have been under Redfearn’s control since the club sacked former manager Simon Grayson, but Redfearn – a member of United’s academy staff – is unlikely to land the job on a longer-term basis after successive defeats to Brighton and Coventry.
Rumours linking Lee Clark with the vacancy intensified yesterday after Huddersfield Town’s shock decision to dismiss him with the club fourth in League One, but Leeds are not expected to approach the 39-year-old, despite his sudden availability.
The YEP understands Clark’s lack of Championship experience and repeated failure to win promotion with Town has pushed him down the list of candidates at Elland Road.
The likely identity of Grayson’s replacement remains unclear, however, with Redfearn set to take charge of his fourth match as caretaker against Doncaster Rovers this weekend.
Chairman Ken Bates, meanwhile, has denied claims Leeds are to offer Mick McCarthy the manager’s job after his departure from Wolves on Monday.
Bates said: “I don’t know Mick McCarthy’s phone number or where he lives. It’s speculation gone mad.”
Clark’s unexpected departure from the Galpharm Stadium could see Grayson make a quick return to management as Huddersfield’s next boss.
Grayson is thought to be in the running for the Terriers post having secured promotion from League One during his three years as manager of Leeds and with Blackpool.