After giving Darko Milanic a substantial 32-day crack at the proverbial whip, controversial Leeds owner Massimo Cellino decided to dispense with the Slovenian.
The Whites’ 2-1 reverse at home to Wolves prompted his repeated thumping of the panic button and a severance package was quickly drawn up for the former Maribor boss.
Neil Redfearn, the man who should’ve be given the job in the first place, looks set to be the benefactor of Cellino’s hastiness after the Italian confirmed to Sky Sports that the former Elland Road caretaker manager will be handed the reigns on a permanent basis.
Leeds’ only successful spell of the season came when their current academy coach Redfearn was in temporary charge.
Under his guidance they won three and drawn one, which, compared to the dreary runs that bookended this purple patch, is an excellent achievement.
Milanic failed to win any of his six matches at the helm, while a victory over Middlesbrough represents the only Championship spoils Dave Hockaday could snare during his half-dozen-game tenure.
After making three bizarre decisions regarding his manager – hiring Hockaday then Milanic after overlooking Redfearn initially – Cellino appears to have finally seen sense.
However, his string of misdemeanours is likely to have cost the west Yorkshire side a crack at promotion this season.
Redfearn’s heroics clawed them back into play-off contention, but much of his good work has been undone by the previous regime and, with Fulham, Wigan and Bolton below them all improving, immediate concerns will be pulling away from the bottom three.
The former Barnsley boss’s managerial mettle will be tested in the next six games with trips to Cardiff, Blackburn and Ipswich on the cards.
Judging by the short-lived stints of his predecessors, at least two wins will be required from this testing sextet if Redfearn is going to remain in the hot seat come Christmas and a price of 11/4 says he’ll land his first in the Welsh capital next, where Leeds have prevailed just once in their history.