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Redfearn 'very close' to Leeds job

Neil Redfearn continues to wait to sign a contract to be the third permanent Leeds boss of the season but says he is "very close" to doing so.

Redfearn 'very close' to Leeds job Credit: Press Association

The 49-year-old has been the man-in-waiting to replace the sacked Darko Milanic since the Slovenian was dispensed with on Saturday, but talks with controversial president Massimo Cellino have yet to yield a contract.

Stepping up from his secure role with the club's academy is seen as a dangerous move for the club's perennial caretaker, owing to Cellino's propensity to fire coaches. He sacked 36 in 22 years with Cagliari and has seen off three in five months at Leeds.

Redfearn was asked to return to the dugout when Milanic bit the dust after only 32 days and is preparing the side for Saturday's game at Cardiff but, as things stand, he does not know if that will be in a caretaker or full-time capacity.

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"It's very close," the former Barnsley midfielder said.

"I had a good chat with Massimo yesterday and we went through one or two things. It's not that far away.

"I wanted some assurances from the conversations I had, where he saw me at the club and the club going forward. He said I was the future and I wanted to know if that was still the case. He said 'you are'. I wanted the contract to reflect certain things."

One of those granted assurances is that Redfearn will return to his role at the head of the academy if Cellino's impatient streak resurfaces, but the former is not considering the negative option.

"It seems to be shorter here (a coach's life) but you can spend the rest of your life wondering. You have to go on and make things happen and be positive. There's no let up now.

"This is a massive honour. It's a massive football club with a great tradition and the owner has a desire to make it great (again). I can see that, that's a genuine opinion from me and if I can be part of that down the line it's a fantastic honour. I'm capable of doing it now it's a case of knuckling down and concentrating on the footy."

A lifelong Leeds fan, Redfearn's ascent to the top job at Elland Road has been a slow one, having joined the club's academy staff in 2009.

He has had four caretaker spells since then and resisted interest from other clubs in order to remain with Leeds.

But, even if things do not work out with the first team, he is sure he will continue to enjoy working at his boyhood club.

"I would be happy taking the Under-11s," he added.

"Massimo sees me here for the long haul but there are no guarantees in football. If it was as easy as guaranteeing wins we would all be managers. It's got to be worked at and earned and I know that as well. The bigger picture is whatever happens needs to be for the good of Leeds United. If it takes me on, great, if it doesn't I will be back with the academy."

Cellino is a notoriously fiery character and a story emerged in Italy this week of former Cagliari coach Nedo Sonneti claiming he was shown the door for eating a seabass.

Redfearn acknowledges his boss has a passionate side, but is ready to give as good as he gets along the way.

"He tells me what he thinks!," Redfearn said.

"But I give it back to him and he wants to know. He's strong, but we get on well. He knows I am strong and we have to make it work together."


Clough hoping for home tie in Capital One quarter finals

Sheffield United have made it through to the last eight of the Capital One Cup.

The Blades have made a habit of late comebacks this season and staged another one last night at MK Dons, with substitute Michael Higdon scoring both goals in a 2-1 win that sees them through to the quarter finals.

Nigel Clough's side had a cup run last season, making it to Wembley to play in the FA Cup Semi-Final. After away wins in this years League Cup, Clough says he doesn't care who they draw in the quarter final as long as it is a home tie:

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Leeds Head Coach still looking for first win

Leeds United head coach Darko Milanic is still waiting for his first win in the Championship since taking charge just over a month ago.

This week Milanic has had to cope with the fallout of a racism row involving defender Guiseppe Bellusci, who's been accused of making racist comments during Tuesday night's one all draw at Norwich.

Now he has to turn his attention to another big game against fourth placed Wolves at Elland Road.


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FA to investigate 'clash' during Leeds vs Norwich game

A Leeds United player is at the centre of an alleged racism row tonight after squaring up to a Norwich striker during their Championship match last night.

The Football Association has confirmed it is investigating allegations surrounding the clash between United defender Giuseppe Bellusci and Cameron Jerome. The match referee has sent a full report to the FA as David Hirst reports.

Cellino: If any Leeds player was shown to be a racist, he'd be out

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has defended Giuseppe Bellusci as the Football Association investigates allegations of racial abuse against the defender.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has defended Giuseppe Bellusci as the Football Association investigates allegations of racial abuse against the defender. Credit: Press Association

Norwich striker Cameron Jerome complained to referee Mark Clattenburg that he was verbally abused by the 25-year-old Italian midway through the first half of their 1-1 draw with Leeds on Tuesday following a confrontation between the two players.

The FA confirmed it is looking into the incident, but the summer signing from Catania has received the full backing of his countryman Cellino.

Bellusci is no racist, I spoke with him and he said 'you must be joking, I said nothing like this to him (Jerome).'

He is surprised by this. He is shocked.

I don't allow racists at this club and I won't allow racists at this club ever. If one of my players is a racist, I'll kick his a**e and kick him out before the FA has a chance.

Bellusci says he spoke (to Jerome) in Italian. I don't know if he (Jerome) speaks Italian too but Bellusci swears to me he said nothing racist.

He was p****d off, sure, because he got hit in the neck and the face but he denies anything racist. I believe him and and I'll support him. I'll write to them to clarify my position on Bellusci and racism. If any Leeds player was shown to be a racist, he'd be out. That's my philosophy and my promise.

– Massimo Cellino

Jerome said on Twitter he would not publicly reveal what was said to him but that the FA would deal with it.

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