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03 Sep 2014 08:46pm, by Shields53

With the rumoured favourite for the Leeds head coach job Oscar Garcia taking the vacant position at Watford this week it seemed Massimo Cellino was no further in finding a successor to David Hockaday.

Garcia had sounded like the ideal candidate, experience in the Championship, good English, a track record of working with youth players, his sides play positive football and he is willing to work as a head coach rather than a traditional manager. He sounds like the idea man to lead our new team of young continental players and academy graduates forward but it wasn’t to be.

Other names in the list of favourites for the job include the man Garcia replaces at Watford, Giuseppe Sannino. Sannino had been in charge at Watford since December last year and in 31 games in charge won 13 games, not an amazing win ratio but Watford lay second in the table having won 4 of their first 5 games of the season. His resignation had prompted speculation that he would become the next Leeds manager with his experience of both English and Italian football but nothing has materialised as yet.

Ex West Brom manager Steve Clarke is also on that list of names and current favourite with the bookies. With a wealth of coaching experience and knowledge of English football he would seem like a decent option. The Yorkshire Evening Post had reported Cellino and Clark had been in discussions but there has been no further news. Cellino however still seems undecided, either overwhelmed or underwhelmed by his options (They've probably all said no) he has told the BBC’s Adam Pope that he is sticking with Neil Redfearn.

“I’ve decided to leave the team to Neil. At the moment too many coaches call me & I’m confused. I think it’s best to keep going with a LUFC man like now, that knows football & makes the team play in a beautiful way. For the moment it’s the best thing to do.”

Redfearn does have many of the attributes Cellino is looking for in his new head coach. He has vast experience of English football, a proven track record developing young players and most importantly at the moment he understands the club. Redfearn’s team selection against Bolton certainly suggests he shares Cellinos philosophy, a good mix of the new young signings and academy graduates. It was a selection that won 3 points, only our second victory of the season, and that is a big reason for him to retain the job for now.

Do Cellino’s comments mean the job is Redfearn’s long term, who knows? It’s hard to tell with Cellino but should results continue to go his way after the international break it’s a strong possibility. I still can’t help thinking it would be the wrong move for the club though. Redfearn is a great asset to the club, the work he has done as academy manager is producing good results and there are some fantastic players coming through into the first team now.

With the squad as it is, new and still gelling it may take a while for it to come together and for us to start getting results consistently. Football is a results based business and with Cellino, the manager eater, he may not get the time he requires if results do not go our way and losing him would be a massive loss to the club. Then again it could be a great gamble, he could be exactly the right man to take the club forward. His experience with young talent and knowledge of the club could be vital to taking us forward.

So Redders is in charge for now, but for how long who knows. You never know with Cellino, he could appoint Clarke or Sannino tomorrow. Hell, he might even give Adrian Pennock the job, he’s the current Forest Green Rovers manager by the way.

01 Sep 2014 10:17pm, by Shields53

When the last transfer window shut back in January it was all about Leeds United on deadline day. Ross McCormack was the go to guy for Jim White on Sky Sports firstly pledging his future to the club after a bid had been rejected from Cardiff and then leaping to the defence of manager Brian McDermott after it had been revealed Cellino had sacked him (or not). This window started where we left off with a continuation of the McCormack saga as he departed for Fulham. This time though, we got a decent price for one of our players.

Cellino started his rebuilding of the squad steadily with court cases and transfer embargos spoiling his plans but once that was all out of the way he went on a spending spree, especially in the first couple of weeks of the new season. Ahead of the Bolton game twelve players had been brought in. Ten on permanent deals; Taylor, Silvestri, Bianchi, Berardi, Ajose, Sharp, Cooper, Antenucci, Bellusci and Sloth and two on season long loans; Doukara and Benedicic. But he was not done yet and signings continued right up to deadline day.

First up was Brazillian starlet Adryan Oliveira Tavares, who all Leeds fans will now tell you turned down Manchester United two years ago. Twenty year old Adryan, dubbed the new Kaka, is an attacking midfielder who has represented Brazil at youth level. He signs on a season long loan from Flamengo, or Cagliari, depending on who you think owns his registration which is one of the reasons the transfer took so long to complete. He is the classic ‘YouTube’ player with clips of outstanding skills and free kicks all over the internet. He has only featured 37 times for Flamengo in Brasileiro Serie A and was limited to 5 appearances, due to injury, for Cagliari in Serie A last season. He undoubtedly has talent but if he can translate this to English football is to be seen.

On the eve of deadline day yet another young player sign from Cagliari. 19 year old defender Dario Del Fabro joined on a season long loan with an option to make the move permanent. The centre back has only played 8 games for Cagliari’s first team but has played 36 times for Cagliari Primavera. He has represented Italy 20 times at various youth levels from under 16 to under 19 and is definitely one for the future. He provides extra depth in defence following the signings of Bellusci and Cooper.

On deadline day itself Brian Montenegro was the fifteenth new name of the summer, signing on a season long loan deal on deadline day. The Paraguayan winger/forward signs from Club Nacional Asunción where he spent the final stages of last season coming a runner up in the 2014 Copa Libertadores. The 21 year old has previously played for Tacuray and Libertad and even spent a season on loan at West Ham playing only once in an FA Cup game versus Sheffield Wednesday. He has represented Paraguay at under 20 level three times.

Striker Souleymane Doukara made his loan deal permanent on deadline day signing a three year contract. There were a couple of last minute departures as well with Matt Smith heading to Fulham for a fee believed to be around £500k on a 3 year contract and Dominic Poleon to Oldham Athletic for an undisclosed fee on a 2 year deal.

With fifteen players signed this summer it has been a seriously busy transfer window for Leeds United. For once we don’t have to console ourselves with the fact that the emergency loan window opens in a weeks time. The squad will take time to gel, especially with last minute arrivals but there have been signs of promise and combined with the young players coming through the academy we really have something to build on.

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