Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has scratched Neil Redfearn from the running for the club’s vacant managerial position despite the recent positive results under his temporary tutelage.
It’s testament to the chaotic nature of life at Elland Road that the Yorkshireman remains 9/1 to be the next permanent posterior to occupy the hotseat, with Sturm Graz boss Darko Milanic the latest hot favourite in a lively betting heat at 7/20.
Whites fans could be forgiven for questioning the wisdom of spurning Redfearn, who is steeped in English club football after a 20-year Football League career.
Unbeaten in three outings during his latest spell as caretaker manager, the 49-year-old’s record across three periods of temporary stewardship at the club reads a handy P8 W4 D1 L3.
Meanwhile the new jolly has cut his managerial teeth in the seldom-heard-of backwaters of the Slovenian and Austrian game.
Yet digging a little deeper into Redfearn’s managerial ledger in the time before he became involved in the maelstrom known as Leeds United Association Football Club suggests the oft-questioned Cellino may have made the right move on this occasion.
His trio of periods in temporary custody of the Whites were his sixth, seventh and eighth head-honcho roles in English football.
In five previous periods at the helm of Halifax Town (twice), Scarborough, Northwich Victoria and York City the Leeds academy boss’ best ever win percentage was 27.2 per cent.
Across the 38 games which make up his career as a ‘permanent’ managerial appointment at first the Yorkshire seaside resort, then Northwich he masterminded just six victories.
All of those came at Scarborough and a particularly sobering tenure at the latter club ended forcibly after nine games, with a single point in the bank.
Overall, when Redfearn’s full record in management is taken into account, Cellino’s decision to return his caretaker to the stewardship of the age-group sides with which he has done so well in the past when a new permanent manager is found seems a wise one.