Steve Claridge: 'Leeds United missed an opportunity by not hiring Neil Redfearn'

Leeds caretaker manager Neil Redfearn shouts instructions during the npower Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Leeds United at the Valley on April 06, 2013
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Steve Claridge believes that Leeds United should have offered Neil Redfearn a permanent contract, rather than appointing Darko Milanic.

Steve Claridge has said that Leeds United should have installed Neil Redfearn as their permanent manager rather than bringing in Darko Milanic.

Redfearn picked up 10 points from a possible twelve in the league during his spell as caretaker manager, but Massimo Cellino opted to install Milanic as the club's boss instead.

The former Sturm Graz coach arrived at Elland Road on Tuesday and lost 2-0 to Brentford in his first game in charge - a result which would have been less likely had Redfearn still been at the helm, according to Claridge.

"He had such a dramatic effect," Claridge told BBC Sport. "You do get the feeling, certainly from a Leeds perspective, that sometimes the answer is right under your nose and they've overlooked it.

"You do think maybe that was an opportunity missed with Neil Redfearn."

Leeds are currently 13th in the Championship following four wins, four losses and a draw from their opening nine games.

Maribor's head coach Darko Milanic looks on prior to the start of the UEFA Europa League football match NK Maribor vs. S.S. Lazio in Maribor, on December 6, 2012
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