CARETAKER manager Neil Redfearn has described it as an “honour to be in charge of a Leeds United team.
Redfearn, who was the youth team boss until Simon Grayson’s sacking on Wednesday, is regarded as a long shot to take over permanently, but did his chances no harm with a 3-0 victory at Bristol City in his first match as interim manager.
He was helped by United’s opponents having two players – James Wilson and Yannick Bolasie – sent-off, but the Whites were already one up before the first of the red cards through Robert Snodgrass’s goal and clinched an ultimately comfortable win with further efforts from top scorer Ross McCormack and Luciano Becchio.
Redfearn reckoned the side were value for the victory and was delighted with the attitude showed by the players.
He said: “Bristol City were excellent for half-an-hour and we had to show a lot of grit and character to hang in there.
“Decisions have gone our way after that and the two sending-offs changed the game. But we still had to be good enough to win and were clinical with the goals.”
Despite his winning start Redfearn is under no illusions about his prospects of getting the manager’s job full-time.
He said: “I feel I am capable of doing the manager’s job and have the necessary experience in the game. But the decision will be made from above and I am not stupid. I realise some big names are being linked with the vacancy.
“I will just keep doing the job the board have asked of me and if I am teeing things up for someone else to take charge then so be it.
“For now I am just delighted to have helped the players get a great result and rebuild some confidence.
“Everything has happened so quickly. I have not had time to think about anything other than preparing the team.
“The board have not put any time limit on me being caretaker and I’m waiting for them to decide what they want to do.
“All I can do is keep doing the job until I’m told otherwise. I’d like to think I’ve done a good job so far and the players gave me everything.”