Neil Redfearn’s spell as Leeds United head coach could be drawing to a close, with reports suggesting Nigel Adkins is being lined up to replace him.
It has been another eventful campaign for the Elland Road club, with Dave Hockaday lasting just 70 days in the dugout before being dismissed. He was replaced by Darko Milanic, but remarkably, the former Slovenian international captain’s spell was even shorter after he was sacked after 32 days. Neil Redfearn then took control of the first team and led them to a 15th place finish.
Yet the future of the 49-year-old remains uncertain, after he made clear his disappointment at the decision of the club to suspend his assistant Steve Thompson in April. And despite holding the support of his players, he will be out of contract on 30 June and The Mirror claim Massimo Cellino has already been in contact with Adkins’ camp as he prepares for the 2015/16 season.
Adkins has been out of work since being sacked by Reading last December, but he has an impressive record of leading teams to promotion. In 2007 he led Scunthorpe United to the League One title, and despite their relegation the following season, he guided them back up at the first attempt via the playoffs. He then steered Southampton from League One to the Championship in 2010/11, before then taking them to the Premier League with a successive promotion.
Meanwhile, Leeds have released nine members of their first team squad. Rodolph Austin played 30 times in the league this season but will not be retained, nor will the experienced Michael Tonge. Daniel Atkinson, Luke Booker, Alex Cairns, Afolabi Coker, Stuart Taylor, Zac Thompson and Aidan White complete the list of the players who don’t have a future at Elland Road.
Would Nigel Adkins be a good choice for Leeds United, or should the board show more support for Neil Redfearn and give him the coming season?