As long as Massimo Cellino remains in the seat of power at Leeds, questions surrounding manager Neil Redfearn’s future will be asked.
Initially appointed as caretaker after the sacking of Dave Hockaday, the man who graced the Premier League as Barnsley captain in 1997/98 sparked an unanticipated Whites revival, before being replaced with unknown Slovenian Darko Milanic in the autumn.
This left-field appointment didn’t pan out either, with the former Sturm Graz gaffer dismissed after a ridiculous 32 days.
Redfearn was then reinstated, taking over on a 12-month rolling contract, but speculation suggesting he would leave surfaced when assistant Steve Thompson was unceremoniously fired from the club with little explanation offered.
The boss voiced his discontent and a couple of weeks later had to deal with six Cellino-recruited first-teamers retracting their availability for selection the day before last weekend’s 2-1 loss at Charlton mitigating their absence with claims of injury.
Tumultuousness of this calibre suggests Redfearn isn’t long for life in the Leeds dugout, though the blow of losing such a revered figure on the terraces will be significantly softened if the man this week linked with the post takes over.
Burton Albion boss and, more importantly, former Elland Road hero Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is who Cellino reportedly has his eye on.
Drafted in to replace Birmingham-bound Gary Rowett in November, the Dutch tactician has recorded a win percentage north of 60 in 28 matches as he steered the Brewers into League One for the first time in their history.
Currently on a ten-match undefeated streak, Albion will be crowned champions if they beat Northampton at home and Shrewsbury fail to replicate their efforts at struggling Cheltenham this weekend.
The former Netherlands international declared himself interested in taking over at Leeds before Milanic was appointed, so it wouldn’t take much to sway him if an approach was made and after enhancing his reputation through getting Burton promoted, he is sure to be an attractive proposition if Cellino is to spearhead a managerial recruitment drive this summer.
With the exception of Redfearn, the supporters have held none of the Italian’s previous appointments in high regard and this has obviously been a factor behind a growing resentment in his ownership of the club.
Sacking the current boss is sure to spark further disdain, but such grievances can be quickly quashed by the installation of Hasselbaink, arguably making him the best prospective next Leeds manager of all.
It’s 7/1 he takes the reigns after Redfearn.