Leeds United director Adam Pearson has told Neil Redfearn that he is free to resume his old job as academy boss at Leeds United if he wants it.
Redfearn’s departure from his job as first-team coach was confirmed yesterday when the club appointed Uwe Rosler as their new head coach. However Redfearn has been offered a return to United’s academy by Pearson, who said:
“Neil’s been offered the appointment back in charge of the academy and we await his answer. The role’s been offered to him and I’m sure he’ll come back to me as soon as he’s has time to think about it.”
Redfearn’s relationship with owner Massimo Cellino has been strained in recent weeks but the former Barnsley midfielder who has received public backing from the club’s supporters has previously excelled in nurturing many of Leeds current crop of exciting youngsters.
Lewis Cook, was named LFE Championship Apprentice of the Year at the Football League Awards only last month while Sam Byram, Alex Mowatt and Cahrlie Taylor have all impressed at various stages since graduating from the club’s academy.
Pearson, who conceded that Redfearn’s performance as head coach might lead to similar jobs away from Elland Road insisted that the club’s offer was a genuine one.
“It’s definitely a realistic offer because I made it,” Pearson said. “It was said with all credibility and it’s been given to him.”
“With Neil’s track record over the last year I’d imagine that he has other offers to consider. I’m sure that’s what he’s doing now. The conversation was held in a very mature and professional manner. I’m sure he’ll go forward to have a good career.”