New Rotherham manager Neil Redfearn has taken a swipe at Massimo Cellino and believes the trials and tribulations he went through at Leeds will stand him in good stead.
The 50-year-old has replaced Steve Evans at the Millers and returns to work for the first time since leaving Leeds in the summer.
Redfearn spent seven years at Elland Road, with the final months of his stay a tumultuous spell as first-team manager which was overshadowed by an off-the-field circus led by ringmaster owner Massimo Cellino.
On the pitch Redfearn led Leeds away from relegation danger in the Championship to mid-table security, but was often not allowed to focus on his own job as Cellino’s antics dominated proceedings.
The former Barnsley midfielder also saw assistant manager Steve Thompson sacked in April without his knowledge before being replaced himself at the end of last season by Uwe Rosler.
A return to his role of academy manager was untenable and therefore short-lived and he left the club in July.
He was only at the helm for seven months but admits he saw more than enough.
“In a nutshell, the best way to describe it would be if we had a press conference, like we’ve had today, there would be 25 minutes of other stuff and five minutes about football,” Redfearn said at his official unveiling at New York Stadium on Monday.
“Football was a side issue, which is a shame because it’s such a big club and such a great club, steeped in tradition. It’s in transition. That’s then, This is now.
“It has stood me in good stead, without a shadow of a doubt. One thing I’ve been as a player through my career and going into management and coaching is strong.
“I’ve always been mentally strong. Tough. I think weaker people would perhaps have gone under.
“There were times when we were really struggling and we had to find a way, change things round.
“You have to back your judgement. I think all those processes and those experiences stand you in good stead.”
Redfearn is sure to get a much smoother ride 40 miles down the M1 in South Yorkshire, with a chairman in Tony Stewart who is renowned for backing his managers.
“Stability gives you the opportunity to build,” Redfearn added.
“And that’s what any manager wants, they want to be able to build something. Last year I was in the process of trying to put that together at Leeds.
“You could see the benefits of it, and then, for whatever reason, it changes. I want to do something here. We’ve got foundations in place that we know we can go back on. They’re the right things.”
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