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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Cellino offers no guarantee to Redfearn at Leeds

Cellino
Cellino

Leeds president Massimo Cellino said he cannot guarantee head coach Neil Redfearn will remain in his role next season.

Cellino, (right) back in office at Elland Road following the expiry of his Football League ban, said he "is in love with Neil" but has yet to hold talks with the former academy manager and is still undecided on his future.

"I need to decide whether Neil is best for the club and can lead us back to the Premier League," Cellino said.

"I am in love with Neil and I don't want to talk to anyone else about the job. I have always believed in him and I gave him his big chance. I made sure he had a clause guaranteeing he would pick the team because I don't want a coach I control.

"If my coach is working in the right direction I will treat him better than anyone else in the world.

"I have made a lot of mistakes in my life and I don't want to have this."

Redfearn, 49, has made it clear he wants to continue in the job but wants certain assurances from Cellino, including the return of assistant Steve Thompson, who was suspended without explanation last month in the Italian's absence.

Cellino, 58, and chairman Andrew Umbers are both understood to have spoken to Thompson via telephone and the former Huddersfield coach declined an offer to attend the club's end-of-season awards dinner last weekend.

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