It’s all Redders fault!

15 Apr 2015 01:06 pm, by YorkshireSquare

As so last night we suffered our fourth straight defeat. In the two weeks since Steve Thompson was suspended we have not picked up a single point and conceded eleven goals. We were favourites last night, the same can’t be said for the Charlton match this Saturday. Having a bet on the match? Why not grab a no deposit free bet to boost your bankroll! But we probably won’t get anything, it’s not just our defensive performances which have suffered we look toothless up front too. In those last four games we have had eight shots on target to our oppositions twenty-one. Neil Redfearn has been found wanting, it’s all his fault, it is clear now the real force behind our revival was Thompson.

Am I being serious? Of course not! But that’s the way some people are talking now. Some people see the absence of Thompson and the following results to mean that everything was down to him, that Redfearn cannot take any credit for our upturn in form from January to March. To me that is naïve, the real reason for our recent results has been the destruction of everything that was good. The meddling in team affairs by those above and individuals who really should have no place in the running of a successful football team.

It took long enough to get Thompson to the club in the first place. But it was clear it was the right choice. He had a good rapport with Redders, a relationship which saw the two of them sound ideas outr and work together constructively for the benefit of the team. The players, some of them at least, clearly responded to him as well. Luke Murphy was brought back from training with the youth team and has been one of the stars of the team in the second half of the season. The defence was clearly improved too, we were chalking up clean sheets and conceding less goals.

The reason for him being suspended is still not clear. Was it a rift in the squad? Reports have it that whilst a couple of Cellinos imports have integrated well with the rest of the squad many have not. When they were not being picked in the starting line-up they conspired to oust Thompson. The other theory is a bust up with Nicola Salerno but with him now stating that his future at the club is uncertain perhaps he is merely being used as a scapegoat by those above him.

What is clear though that there is meddling and there is no clear direction. Clubs such as Swansea, Southampton who have been successful in recent years have had an ethos, a single vision throughout the club from top to bottom. With Redders at the helm and Thompson by his side and Cellino out of the way I could see that emerging. A first team coaching staff clear of their vison and style, playing in a way that players right through the age groups of the academy were playing. Redders has even stated he had a good working relationship with Salerno so perhaps future signings were more likely to fit into that style and vision.

And perhaps that was the problem. It was Redders vision, Redders style and Cellino wasn’t happy with that. His spy, the 23-year-old, French ex furniture salesman Andrea standing on the side-lines at training reporting everything back to his master, Cellino had had enough and needed to show who was really in control. The partnership must be broken up, it is his club, his vison, and his players must play. Unless they are due to hit a contract extension clause obviously!

But that is no way to run a club. We need a vision right through the club an ethos and that can only be done by securing the position of Redfearn, giving him the coaching staff that he wants and needs and ensuring our best young players do not leave the club. Currently we are at the mercy of Cellino and Umbers, skulking in the shadows tearing down everything good that has been built, breaking my heart. Short-termist despotism is no way to build for the future.

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Baggins wrote on 19 Apr 2015 12:24 am

To the posters above, on the pitch we have been an average side as born out by the league position, however I think the general feeling among the fans is to give Redders the benefit of the doubt after this poor run of form. Things had picked up, then the sudden drama of the suspension / sacking and now the ?strike. If you think those things on top of all the other drama our first full season under Cellino has brought hasn't affected the players and management then you'll need your head read. Still supporting Redders.

DublinLeedsFan wrote on 16 Apr 2015 01:02 pm

"Do you think if we had Mark Warburton, Mick McCarthy, Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche, Aitor Karanka, Alex Neil, Nigel Pearson, Tim Sherwood, Tony Pulis etc... we would be in this position now??"

And would any of those guys, Jigz – with minds of their own and a desire to run things their way, whilst signing their own players over whom they alone can stand – come to Leeds under Cellino?

You intimated in an earlier post that this circumstance might change, and I personally hope so. But that's the the situation Redfearn is in now... and I don't envy him.

YorkshireSquare wrote on 16 Apr 2015 08:03 am

Tim Sherwood!!??

YorkshireSquare wrote on 16 Apr 2015 08:03 am

Tim Sherwood!!??

jigz wrote on 16 Apr 2015 12:25 am

"The same one striker upfront that was so successful during our excellent run of results?" We have never had an excellent run of results..... I suggest that you look at the results.

The same defence that conceding so few goals during our excellent run of results" We have conceded the 9th highest number of goals, again we haven't had a spell of not conceding this season so another load of nonsense from the "fans"

"Also, his academy? He doesn't scout the players" I think you find he does scout them but we have already figured facts don't matter.

"Byram, Taylor, Mowatt, Cook, Phillips. Try and name many other teams with a higher percentage of players in the squad from their youth team - and all after the influx of new players in the summer." Ok sunshine I will Fulham FC have 10 Redaing also have 10 & Charlton have 9, don't let facts get in the way of your conjecture hey......

"You're living in a fantasy land if you think he hasn't done well with the academy." Well as I have just proved other teams have done a better job Redfearn has done a bang average job considering the resources & number of years some of the players broke through.

"Sloth, Doukara, Montenegro, Adryan, Dawson etc. - have all been given chances/aren't mature enough yet for the first team squad." Complete utter nonsense statement "aren't mature enough sunny jim you should look at the performance data that BS you have been feeding on has got to your brains.

"If you think about it, we had an excellent run with the players in the first team that basically has kept us up - how do you then go about putting them on the bench after such a fantastic run of results?" Fantastic run of results? When did that happen? We have scraped through in case you forgot Neil Redfearn has exactly the same win % as David Hockaday 33.33& but again don't let facts get in the way of anything.

"Now, when the results have dried up, and our status is safe is the time to start blooding the younger players which he's been doing with Phillips starting at wolves, charlie taylor a start atm, and n'goyi yesterday" Charlie Taylor has been playing at LB ever since Cellino did the right thing & offloaded the donkey Warnock who was on mega bucks & absolutely useless don't pretend it was Redfearns master stroke to select him Cellino forced him to pick him as we had no other LB.....

"Performances have been super poor lately and results too, so tbh I don't know what the best thing to do is regarding his future." Performances have been dire throughout Redfearn's time.

"But to say that Redfearn has basically done nothing for the club is ridiculous. I love how you missed out Darko Milanic's stats from your table - sums up how biased your post is" I left out Darko Milanic's because it is completely irrelevant DM took the job on the understanding NR would assist him NR refused to assist him he refused to coach, advise on selections, & join him on match days NR then requested the job directly to Cellino, that is why I left DM out of the equation but again lets not let facts get in the way of things. Redfearn shafted both Darko & Dave before him just like he did with Neil Warnock the man has his own agendas & plays the "fans" very well with the nice guy act you ask previous HC what they think about him go ask Dave, Darko.

Lets not forget that Redfearn's defense was given more resources in January when we signed Bamba for him let's not forget that fact either, the man is vastly out of his depth he is inexperienced, tactically naive, he fails in his team selections he fails to make substitutions he has all his excuses lined up & out in the public prior to games it is no wonder the players are not playing for him at all.

Do you think if we had Mark Warburton, Mick McCarthy, Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche, Aitor Karanka, Alex Neil, Nigel Pearson, Tim Sherwood, Tony Pulis etc... we would be in this position now?? Playing this badly, creating no chances, conceding sloppy goals, players not trying??? Because I can tell you for certain anyone of toughs bosses would have sorted this club out in a heartbeat.

Redfearn is full of excuses the truth is he isn't equipped to do the job.