Leeds United: Manager Crisis
Article by Colin Render
Everyone knows the phrase “the manager merry-go-round”, the way I see the Leeds United’s managerial crisis at the moment is more of a slide in the playground, as managers seem to start at the top and quickly slide down, soon to be fired. Since Massimo Cellino bought the club Leeds have sacked their manager 5 times if you include Brian McDermott being sacked twice and Neil Redfearns’ caretaker role.
It all started at the end of January during transfer deadline day when Brian McDermott was fired by Cellinos’ lawyer even before he even owned the cub. With mass protests at the club, McDermott was re-instated 2 days later. The future of McDermott was uncertain from that day on. He stayed till the end of the season but left by mutual consent and his turn on the Leeds United slide was over.
David Hockaday was next on the slide, coming in with mixed views on his abilities as a manager. With only one league win, Hockaday only lasted 6 games and was shown the door on 28th August.nHis most memorable moment for me was the 16-0 pre-season win over an amateur Italian side, after that it was disaster after disaster.
Neil Redfearn stepped up from the youth team to take temporary charge while Cellino searched for a new manager. Three wins and a draw later, fans were saying that Redfearn should be made permanent but Cellino thought differently. He brought in Darko Milanic from Sturm Graz with the hope that someone with some experience in Europe might help turn around the fortunes of Leeds
United. Six games later (just like Hockaday) his time was over after not being able to get a win with the same team that Redfearn seemed to do with ease. 32 days in the manager’s job, even shorter
than the infamous era of Brian Clough, which was 44 days.
It’s looking like Redfearn might get a second bite at the cherry but many worry that Cellino will eventually give him his marching orders just like the rest. Redfearn is a fan favourite; if that does happen there will be a lot of irate fans, potentially protesting at games. Cellino has put plenty into the club but he needs to stick with one manager and push him gently on the swings rather than straight down the slide and out the playground.